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Photo of Possible 5.5-Inch iPhone 6 Rear Shell Surfaces

While we've seen dozens of part leaks for the 4.7-inch iPhone 6, parts for the rumored 5.5-inch version of the device have thus far been scarce, possibly due to the fact that the larger iPhone 6 is said to have entered production later than the 4.7-inch iPhone 6.

Photos depicting what might be the rear shell of the larger device have finally surfaced, however, and have been shared by Evasi0nJailbreak.com. According to the site, the photos have been sourced from "deep within Apple's supply chain in China," and may be only a prototype of the final rear shell.

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Outside of 5.5-inch iPhone 6 rear shell compared to inside of 4.7-inch rear shell

That said, the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 rear shell images, which are compared in the photos to the rear shell of a 4.7-inch iPhone, do resemble early images of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 rear shell, depicting thick antenna breaks, a rounded True Tone flash, a cutout for an embedded Apple logo, the camera, and the microphone.

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Inside of 5.5-inch iPhone 6 rear shell compared to outside of 4.7-inch rear shell

More convincingly, the screw holes on the rear shell image accurately match up with the screw holes on an earlier leaked image of a logic board said to be for the 5.5-inch iPhone 6, so this may be our first look at a true 5.5-inch iPhone 6 rear shell.

Apple is expected to introduce the iPhone 6 at an event on September 9, but it is unclear whether the company will show off both the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models at the same time. If the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 does make an appearance at the event, it may not ship to customers until several months after the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 ships due to production delays.

Related roundup: iPhone 6

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4 weeks ago
It does exist!!
(they do exist)

(reminds me of the m&m's commercial with santa. Stay tuned, it's out at Christmas time)
Rating: 32 Votes
4 weeks ago
Photoshop. There is no 5.5" iPhone 6.
Rating: 30 Votes
4 weeks ago
God, where is 1080p with his dose of denial when you need to rub his nose in it?
Rating: 22 Votes
4 weeks ago
That's it, pack it up non-believers. IT EXISTS!
Rating: 20 Votes
4 weeks ago
But 1080p just said it doesn't exist!
Rating: 15 Votes
4 weeks ago
I moved to Android for 2 reasons:

1. Larger screens
2. More sharing capabilities between apps

A 5.5" iPhone and iOS 8 will most likely bring me back into the fold.
Rating: 15 Votes
4 weeks ago
If Apple really does show the 5.5" version I'll be in line the day of release and put my iPhone 5 up on eBay.
Rating: 12 Votes
4 weeks ago
Fake, there is no 5.5 iPhone. ;)
Rating: 11 Votes
4 weeks ago
1080p = FAIL
Rating: 11 Votes
4 weeks ago

Most interesting thing to me if the 5.5" does exist is Apple's justification for going that big after all the marketing around the iPhone 5 and 5s was focused on how great it is for one handed use.


They'll do nothing but drop "one-handed use" from the marketing bullet list and replace it with some benefit(s) associated with the bigger screens. Apple flip flops often- sometimes dramatically- and every time they just carry on as if they never took some stance that conflicts with the new view supporting what they want to sell now.

I, for one, think 5.5 inches is a rediculous size for a phone.


Then you're not who they are targeting with it. And I would bet large that you find it ridiculous because you are accustomed to iPhones at 4". However, there is a big world of people out there that buy Android smart phones at sizes up to and exceeding 6". To some of them, 5.5" may seem small and 4.7" may seem "too small". I think THAT's the primary target of a 5.5" iPhone… filling an obvious market demand while also directly attacking the most tangible differentiator for Samsung smart phones with the added pull of iOS.

Why is one handed use crap? It's high on a lot of people's list of priorities when looking for a phone for good reason... It's important and super useful.


It's high on a lot of people's list because Apple spun it hard to help "us" choose smallish 3.5" and then 4" screens over increasingly popular screens bigger than 4". It's like "thinner", another benefit(?) that Apple has made "us" believe is some hugely important thing. Do "we" really find the 5s too thick? Did we really find the 4 too thick?

Assuming these rumors are true, Apple will likely just drop the "one-handed use" bullet from their marketing spin and this crowd will drop that "priority" right with them. Every time Apple flip flops on something, it's the same: this crowd arguing passionately with the Apple spin before the flip flop and then this crowd arguing with the change afterwards. This will be no different.

In fact, you can see it in the rumors themselves. Go back to before there were any rumors of a bigger-screen iPhone and see post after post ripping into anything over 4" as "abominations", "stupid", "99.9% of people don't want…".

Then look at early rumors of bigger screen iPhones. Majority attack the idea as "abominations", etc.

Then the rumors piled up and it appeared- and now appears- increasingly likely that Apple is going bigger screen. Where's all that "abominations", "stupid", "99.9%…" now? It's been replaced by what seems like about 2/3 being ready to buy a 4.7" and the rest being ready to buy a 5.5".

All of that is great but has little to do with Steve Jobs saying no one is going to buy a big phone and that you can't even get your hands round them, and that was back when the "big" phones were only 4.3-4.5 inches. Did hands grow?


No, the more profitable opportunity shifted to bigger size screens. Apple said so in the Samsung trial. Jobs was a notorious flip flopper. For example, see: http://www.techlicious.com/blog/5-big-flip-flops-from-apple/ and http://www.phonearena.com/news/Tim-Cook-says-Steve-Jobs-taught-him-about-flip-flopping_id30702 Cook says "He (Jobs) would flip on something so fast that you would forget that he was the one taking the 180 degree polar [opposite] position the day before. I saw it daily."

...those of us who like the existing size of the iPhone 5 when the only new phones debuted are 4.7" and 5.5", what are we left to purchase as an upgrade? What happened to the Apple that would release products not solely based on what everyone else is releasing and consumers think they need?


Unfortunately, it appears you go to the 4.7" and like it. There seems to be no rumors of new guts going behind a new iPhone 6 at 4". Personally, I think Apple should also make a 6 with a 4" screen just for that market too but again, I think the profits have shifted to bigger screens such that even Apple is ready to abandon the previously spun, "perfect" size of 4". OR, you can keep using a 5s, 5c or 4 and hope that the lack of interest in bigger screen iPhones by a big segment who only want 4" or less makes Apple rethink this shift such that they decide to resurrect a 4" size too.

If you are influenced by the crowd here, should Apple abandon 4", it will only be a flash of time thereafter before the herd starts putting down everything less than 4.7" as "old", "puny", "how did we ever get by with" and on and on. This crowd only needs Apple to validate the rumors and it will jump right on the bandwagon of the new doctrine. Take out the now inapplicable marketing bullets like "one handed use" and others. Replace then with the new bullets Apple will spin in answer to why 4.7" and 5.5". Then, business as usual. We've seen this many times before...

Upon the iPad 1 launch "why would anyone need a front facing camera in an iPad", "why would someone want to video chat on an iPad?", "I wouldn't want people looking up my nose while I tried to video chat", "stability", etc.

Then Apple launches iPad 2 with FaceTime as the primary, tangible new thing: "FaceTime is terrific… shut up and take my money", "can't wait to FaceTime on the iPad 2"

Prior to :apple:TV 3 with 1080p:
"720p is good enough", "1080p is a gimmick", "the chart", "until the whole internet is capable of 1080p video being downloaded from iTunes", "storage", "I can't see the difference" (so you can't either), blah, blah, blah.

Then Apple rolls out :apple:TV3:
All that former bashing and spinning evaporated.

Prior to bigger screen iPhones rumors:
"Steve jobs said…", "3.5 is perfect" and "everything bigger is an abomination", "stupid", etc

Rumors of a 4" screen:
"Abomination", "Apple would never", "fragmentation", "stupid", "99% don't want", "Steve Jobs said", "one-handed use", "pocketability", "need bigger pants pockets" blah blah blah

Early Rumors of a 4.7" and 5.5":
"Abomination", "Apple would never", "fragmentation", "stupid", "99% don't want", "one-handed use", "pocketability", "need bigger pants pockets" blah blah blah

Later rumors of a 4.7" and 5.5":
"It's kind of growing on me", "4.7" will be OK but 5.5" is crazy", "I can't wait for the 4.7", "one-handed use" (apparently we all found some pants with bigger pockets?)

Apple announces 4.7" and 5.5" (soon):
"Shut up and take my money", "now that I've actually seen them…", "how did we ever get by with those puny screens". Pocketability, one-handed use, etc will just evaporate like no one ever said anything about those issues and hardly anyone will call the new iPhones abominations, stupid, etc.

And that .1% will apparently be enough to buy 150-250 million iPhones in the next year or so.

Shortly thereafter: cue 1000 "which one should I get?" threads.
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