This fall, Apple is expected to unwrap two next-generation iPhones with larger displays: a 4.7-inch model and a 5.5-inch higher-end “phablet” variant. While the 4.7-inch model has had physical mockups floating around the web for the past few months, parts or shells for a 5.5-inch model have not been seen until now. Sonny Dickson has sent us photos of a 5.5-inch iPhone 6 physical “dummy” mockup in the Space Gray color (above and below), and he has posted photos of a white and gold model on Twitter:
The design of this larger model essentially appears to be a larger version of the 4.7-inch design. Coming from an iPhone 5s, the design appears notably thinner and includes a new antenna cut design and no glass on the rear. The camera LED flash appears to lose the pill shape from the 5s’s True-Tone sensor and the power button has been re-located to the right hand side of the phone. The only difference on the 5.5-inch model that we can spot is the addition of a new hole (microphone?) on the top of the front glass near the FaceTime camera, but this could just be an error in the production of these dummy units.
You can see two more shots of the black/Space Gray model directly above. Again, these are dummy models likely manufactured by resellers or case makers and are not photos of an actual, fully produced next-generation iPhone.
Besides larger displays, we’re hearing that the new iPhones will include a more efficient A8 processor for improved battery life. Apple is currently testing larger displays with a sharper resolution of 1704 x 960, and you can bet that they’ll both come pre-loaded with Apple’s new iOS 8 mobile operating system. Apple will likely take to the stage to unveil the new phones at some point in September, and you can expect new iPads and the “iWatch” to be unveiled at another event within the same fall timeframe.