Photos released from Nowhereelese.fr appear to show manufacturing moulds of the iPhone 6 that would suggest a 4.7-inch form factor.
The photos offered give iPhone measurements of 64mm x 138mm (roughly). A superimposed iPhone 5s image reveals that the mould would house a device with a 4.7-inch display, arguably confirming rumors that the iPhone 6 will sport a larger display. Of course, the deductions of the image could be misguided, Nowhereelse.fr stated:
Some of the holes that were drilled into the block in fact serve to fix the inserts which will form a crude which is then machined housing (finishes) using a CNC milling machine. Thus, and assuming that my theory is correct, the dimensions of the box will be determined by the widest part and not the bottom of the mold.
In this assumption, I started to resize the photo to scale against me in reference to the size of the iPhone 4s. I then measured the dimensions of the widest part of the mold which is approximately 138mm long by 64mm wide.
Current rumors purport that Apple is set to release two new iPhone models. A 4.-inch device and a 5.5-inch device, the latter being delayed slightly. This mould is not the most convincing piece of evidence we’ve seen in favor of a larger iPhone, and theoretically the mould could be used to manufacture anything. Also a little concerning are the given dimensions, that do seem a little unnatural when considered. Having said that, this rumor certainly conforms with the current pattern we’ve witnessed so far. With so many different voices telling us about the next iPhone and its 4.7-inch display, it almost feels like a certainty.
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