Images of what some claim is the frame for the next iPhone are doing the rounds online, officially marking the start of leaked-photo season for the eighth-generation Apple smartphone.
Sourced by Chinese site CTech and published first in The West by 9to5 Mac, the snaps depict what does indeed look like a very thin frame. That’s in line with existing speculation that the handset could come in at just 6mm thick and will be aptly marketed as the iPhone Air.
It’s also been noted that whatever it is we’re looking at appears rather longer than previous frames for iPhones. Naturally, that’s sparked excitable talk that this could be the year we finally get the much-rumoured iPhone phablet.
But before things get too febrile, it’s worth noting that although CTech has hosted some legit leaks in the past, this snap is surely rather too blurry and indistinct to read very much into.
Whispers of a larger iPhone with a display that approaches the expansive dimensions of bigger Android phones was rife even before the arrival of the iPhone 5S last year.
To the disappointment of a large proportion of tech fans, in the event Apple opted to retain the iPhone 5’s four-inch screen instead.
Rumours around a super-slim model only surfaced recently. But assuming the putative 6mm dimensions are correct, the iPhone Air could come in at half as thick as the iPhone 3GS and a full 1.7mm thinner than the 5S.