Over the past few weeks and months, we’ve seen tons of leaked dummy models of the iPhone 6, as well as a back panel that claimed to be the real deal, as well as the front display panel. But, until today, we hadn’t seen any of the usual leaked components from inside the device. In years gone by, late spring is the usual time to start catching glimpses of the internal circuitry.
Today, three new photos claiming to show the volume and power flex cable parts have been published by Apple.club.tw.
Sadly, images are pretty poor quality and so making out anything with any certainty is difficult. What you can see above is allegedly the flex connector for the power button. And it may not seem noteworthy on first looks, but it is. In the iPhone 5/5s, the volume, mute and power buttons all share the same flex. These images suggest the power and lock key will get its own individual piece of circuitry, separate from the volume and mute switches.
Where it gets a little unusual is in the volume flex images, perhaps indicating they may not be genuine. After all, there’s always a risk of that being the case.
Above, you’ll notice the Apple logo printed on the flex. Now, I could be wrong here, but I don’t remember ever seeing an Apple logo on any of the previous few years’ component leaks. They’re normally just bland, black insulation material connecting together the metallic connection points. Also, the mute switch and volume button parts seem a little too far apart, even for the larger, rumored iPhone(s).
It’s important, however, not to read too much in to these when they first crop up online. There’s a chance they’re genuine Apple parts. There’s just as big a chance that they’re fake. But you can be sure this won’t be the last time we’ll see these components online this summer. Full scale production should be due to kick off soon, normally around the July/Aug timeframe ready for an October release.
We’ll keep you posted on all developments from here on in.