Alleged Images of iPhone 6 Chassis and Manufacturing Molds Surface

A new set of leaks showing alleged manufacturing molds and chassis sketches of the iPhone 6 have surfaced on Chinese microblogging site Weibo [Google Translate, via GforGames].

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The photos are said to come from a factory belonging to Apple manufacturing partner Foxconn, as the first set of images show very detailed drawings of the chassis for a smartphone-type device, while the second set images are said to be of the manufacturing die used for Apple’s next-generation iPhone.

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While the validity of the images cannot be confirmed, the leak follows a number of others in the past few months. Last month, another set of images posted on Weibo depicted an alleged iPhone 6 model under development at Foxconn, while Japanese magazine MacFan published alleged design drawings of what appeared to be 4.7-inch and 5.7-inch iPhone 6 models. This was followed by a photo reportedly showing cases designed for the larger next-generation iPhone that were consistent with the design drawings.

Apple is expected to ship the iPhone 6 later this year, which has been heavily rumored to come in two different sizes: 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches. Recent reports have noted that the smaller 4.7 inch version will ship in the third quarter of 2014, while the larger version may ship later this year or early next year due to production challenges.

Along with a larger screen, both models of the next-generation iPhone are said to include a thinner design, new A8 processor, Touch ID fingerprint sensor, 1GB of RAM, and an improved camera with optical image stabilization.

Top Rated Comments

macman2288 Avatar
101 months ago
As someone that works in a CNC manufacturing plant, I have quite a lot of expriance using blue print drawings. The blue print looks fairly authentic. Although the only use of GD&T is in regards to the thickness and flatness of the part, it is comman even today to use coordinate dimensioning with alittle GD&T, which is what this drawing has.

First, this is not a mold but rather a fixture that holds the metal in place while endmills cut the metal to the specifications ( not referring to the blue print)

Second, since the dimensions are taken from a "center" line it would appear that what ever is on the blue print ( not sure if the blue print is the fixture that holds what becomes the phone's outer shell or the outer shell it's self) is 63.2 mm wide (iphone 5s is 58.6 mm wide) and roughly 134 mm long.

On a side note, this drawing requires the bottom surface to be parallel to the top surface within 0.020 mm ( that's 20 microns) which is pretty tight tolerances.
Score: 24 Votes (Like | Disagree)
JayCee842 Avatar
101 months ago
I have no idea what I'm looking at. :o
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
DotCom2 Avatar
101 months ago
I can't wait for my phablet! :D
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mantan Avatar
101 months ago
Doubling down!
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Freida Avatar
101 months ago
Showing the next iPhone using Excel 2003 on Windows XP...

is it really that hard to understand that foxconn is not apple and therefore they might have old computers? or you really think that a factory that manufactures stuff has got the latest software and hardware? Come on guys, stop with the XP, Excel nonsense! Every factory usually has very VERY OLD computers!!!
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jonyive4 Avatar
101 months ago
33% wider!
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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