Apple Daily hasn’t revealed where they got the photos, but they say that we’re looking at components for what they say is going to be called the iPhone 6L, Apple’s soon to be flagship phablet.
Their gallery includes the battery, screen panel, and the logic board. While we have seen a couple of these components before, we haven’t seen them in the same place. I’m betting that they all fell off of trucks while on the way to the factory where the iPhone 6 is being assembled, and I find them a pretty compelling argument that we will see the 5.5″ iPhone sooner rather than later.
Apple is expected to hold a launch event in early September to show off the new iPhone 6; we now have enough leaked components to suggest that the 5.5″ iPhone 6 will likely make an appearance. The actual ship date, however, is still unknown.
And on a related note, I think it’s worth pointing out the utter lack of leaks for the supposed iWatch. I know that I have already said I don’t expect to see an iWatch this year, but since I made that prediction the chorus in support of the iWatch has grown louder. Many people, including such respected luminaries as John Gruber, believe that the iWatch will be introduced this year. He obliquely referenced it last week:
It looks like Motorola’s designers tried to draw as much attention as they could to the 360’s stupid flat-tire display shape.
The only way this could get funnier would be if it doesn’t even ship until after Apple announces their wrist wearable thing next month.
As I sit here looking at the many leaked components for the iPhone 6, I have trouble believing his prediction. The iWatch would have leaked by now if it were anywhere near ready to launch, and yet we have not seen any components.
I know I am in the minority here, and that is fine with me. Last year I was one of the few to call out cheap plastic iPhone rumor as nonsense, and I was right. There was a plastic iPhone, but with a price tag of $549 it certainly wasn’t cheap.
And so I feel confident in saying there’s no evidence of an iWatch.