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iphone 6 rear panel leak 2

Rumours that the Apple logo on the iPhone 6 will light up for notifications looked a lot more plausible today, after uSwitch Tech unearthed exclusive photos of a market-ready version of the phone’s rear housing.

Until now, leaked photos of the rear part of the iPhone 6 have been notable for showing a mysterious Apple logo-shaped aperture.

Those images fuelled speculation that the logo would light up when new mails, SMS messages or updates arrived, allowing owners to put their handset on its front and still be made aware of people contacting them.

Today our snaps, which we worked with leaks-world lynchpin Sonny Dickson to source, could offer conclusive proof that this is indeed the case.

How did we come to that conclusion? Well, principally we’re basing our theory on a comparison with parts from earlier-generation Apple smartphones.

Rear housings for previous iPhones were aperture-free solid blocks that featured the Apple logo embossed on the exterior of the handset.

However, as you’ll notice from the snap below, this time the logo is part of a plastic panel that’s inserted in a recessed part of the interior of the rear housing and peeks through the hole.

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Tellingly, the plastic part looks to have been made thin enough that light can easily shine through to alert you to updates and other important messages.

The rear panel in the snaps is also notable for featuring a much slicker, shinier finish than earlier prototype versions, which looked far too rough around the edges to be allowed through Apple’s manufacturing partners’ factory gates and on to shop shelves.

Other than that, though, the panel suggests there’ll be no last-minute changes in store for us, after months of leaks have given us a very firm idea of what to expect.

Very much present and correct then are a redesigned camera flash, rounded edges and HTC-style horizontal stripes that adorn the back – all of which have been fixtures of the iPhone 6 rumour mill for months.

Both the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch versions of the iPhone 6 are expected to be unveiled in September.

However, it’s thought likely that manufacturing challenges could mean that the larger, phablet model might not actually go on sale until some time later in 2014. Or even early 2015.

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