The iPhone 6’s larger screen may not mean Apple has sacrificed easy use of the handset with one hand, previously unseen images of the phone’s front panel suggest.
It had been thought that because Apple is supersizing the screen on its next-gen phones (which will come in 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch options), much of the display at the top of the device would not be reachable when the owner is using one hand.
The need to enshrine the principle of easy one-handed use was a huge part of Steve Jobs' resistance to calls to manufacture iPhones with more expansive screens.
However, exclusive photos of the 4.7-inch iPHone 6 sourced by uSwitch Tech in conjunction with long-established leaks expert Sonny Dickson suggest that the iPhone 6 remains usable with one hand, despite its size boost. Or at least that Apple has attempted to minimise the screen area that isn’t reachable.
Look closely in the photo above at the portion of the iPhone 6 where the home button is located and you’ll notice that the area appears to have been shrunk compared with the iPhone 5S in the snaps below. It could be a case of perspective deceiving us. But we don't think so.
This ostensibly minor change should mean that much more of the display is accessible, while allowing Apple to incorporate a larger screen without making the iPhone itself much larger.
In keeping with earlier leaks, the photos also once again show that Apple has used much smaller bezels (the area at the side of the screen) this time too. This will also have helped the tech giant to fit the iPhone 6 with larger screens while keeping the phone's pocket-friendly dimensions.
And adding extra credence to the provenance images is the ‘6G’ code that’s evident on the vacuum-packed, market-ready screens.
Our dealings with supply-chain sources and iPhone repair shops in the UK tell us that this is a naming convention in Chinese factories, which previously referred to the iPhone 4 as the ‘iPhone 4G’ and the iPhone 5, as the ‘5G’. For evidence check our vintage, pre-release snap of the screen for the 5S below.
The iPhone 6 is now expected to launch on September 9th, before going on sale on September 19th.
Along with a more curved design that nods to the iPhone 3GS, the iPhone 6 is expected to feature a super-robust sapphire screen variants, a better battery and a more powerful processor.