Fresh images from the Apple supply chain suggest the next-gen iPhone 5S / iPhone 6 will retain the dimensions of the current edition, denting hopes that Apple could bring a phablet-sized model to market this year.
Sourced from the same supplier as yesterday’s snaps showing what we were assured were the handset’s internals, today’s image shows us the phone’s front panel.
Thanks to some clever jiggery pokery with Photoshop and scaling, care of design doyen @antiquote, we’ve been able to determine that the next-gen iPhone will be broadly the same size as its forbear.
That means it will pack a four-inch screen rather and not the rumoured 4.5-inch or 4.8-inch display that would qualify it as a phablet.
And, as the more keen-eyed among you will have picked up, the shot reveals that not too much else has changed in the iPhone’s design this time around either.
Very much present and correct again, therefore, is the rounded, physical home button that's a staple of iDevices, while the front-facing camera is in the same position and sits square above the earpiece.
The new images come after low-res snaps of the phone's insides dropped yesterday, seemingly also indicating that the handset will be little changed from the iPhone 5.
That suggests that we’re looking at could be the mooted low-cost iPhone, which has long been rumoured to recycle parts from previous iPhones in the name of keeping costs down.
Apple is expected to debut the next version of the full-fat iPhone in September, with its more affordable running mate, which is reputedly comes in a host of colour options, reportedly due along a few weeks later.