The folks over at NWE (via 9to5Mac) are out with some new images purportedly showing a finished production model of the casing of Apple’s 4.7-inch “iPhone 6.” The images show how the antenna breaks on the next iPhone are handled.
As 9to5Mac notes:
Breaks are needed in an all-metal casing to allow the transmission of radio signals, and there’s been a lot of concern about the aesthetics of these based on versions with either white or black lines. If this is indeed the real thing, we suspect a lot of those concerns may be allayed.
On Thursday, Apple announced it will be holding a media event on Tuesday, Sept. 9 at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino, California. Both the rumored 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 are expected to make their debut at the event. Apple’s “iWatch” is also likely to make an appearance, perhaps as an iPhone companion device.
It has been a busy week for iPhone 6 news.
Earlier this week, a prominent analyst said that all 5.5-inch “iPhone 6” models will come with sapphire screens, while the 4.7-inch model will get either sapphire or Gorilla Glass depending on the specification. Previous reports had said that only the larger model would feature the stronger material. In the meantime, numerous reports have indicated that the next iPhone will (finally) feature near field communication (NFC) technology.
NFC has long been a missing component on iPhones. The technology is often used for payment services, but Apple has increasingly turned to Bluetooth LE and iBeacons for its short-range wireless plans. Were Apple to unveil NFC-supported iPhones, it could tie-in with Apple’s long-rumored mobile payment service.
For other recent stories about the iPhone 6 and iWatch, see: Our annual iPhone trade-in guide, ‘iPhone 6’ release date and more, Apple is constructing its own building at the Flint Center for the ‘iPhone 6′ and ‘iWatch’ event, and Just in time for iOS 8 and the ‘iPhone 6,’ Verizon will soon be rolling out Voice-over-LTE technology.