According to multiple news outlets, the first few pictures of the iPhone 6 have leaked.
While most bloggers and analysts are assuming that Apple will be working on several different iPhone models, which will be released in 2013, actual proof has been scarce. The different models include a cheaper, plastic, version, a 4.8 inch model, and an "iPhone Mini" or "iPhone Math." Now, we finally get images of some key components in the upcoming iPhones.
The French tech blog, nowhereelse.fr, said he found the picture, which you can see here, "while browsing the web." They were reportedly leaked by an employee of the Far Eastern manufacturing company that makes the parts for iPhones. The pictures show the speaker components and are shockingly similar to ones installed in the iPhone 5, but the speaker chip for the iPhone 6 looks to be a little smaller than its predecessors, the iPhone 5 and 5S.
The second pair of photos are a little fuzzy, and show block speaker parts which will be used in the iPhone 5S and iPhone 6. Both designs are similar and seemed to be based off of the design for the iPhone 5, but the iPhone 6's chip is drastically smaller than the iPhone 5S block speaker.
It's important to note that these images could be completely fake, but considering nowhereelse.fr has published authentic photos in the past, these may be accurate. The report from nowherelse.com also says that the source told him that the iPhone 5S will be unveiled sometime between March and July, and the iPhone 6 will be released at the end of the year.
What is the reason for all of these new Apple iPhone's in the market? Increased competition from companies like Samsung and Google is forcing Apple to keep up by introducing newer models that drastically depart from previous models. The rumored 4.8 inch iPhone is a direct result of devices like the Galaxy Note 2, which has been called a "phablet," and is rumored to get even larger when Samsung releases the Galaxy Note 3.
The more affordable iPhone comes after statistics show that the iPhone is losing popularity in developing markets, like China, India and Singapore.
According to the Daily Mail, this is just a precursor for further slumping number from Asia unless Apple introduces some drastic changes in the iPhone 5S and 6.
"'Singapore and Hong Kong tend to be, from an electronics perspective, leading indicators on what is going to be hot in Western Europe and North America, as well as what is going to take off in the region,' said Jim Wagstaff, who runs a Singapore-based company called Jam Factory developing mobile apps for enterprises."