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Huge leak shows the 5.5-inch iPhone’s rear shell side-by-side with the 4.7-inch iPhone 6

Updated Dec 19th, 2018 8:50PM EST
4.7-inch iPhone 6 vs 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Release Date
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An image showing the alleged rear shell of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 next to the same component for the 5.5-inch version has been leaked from a source “deep within Apple’s supply chain in China,” BestTechInfo reports. In case you’re wondering, the same publication previously published on YouTube a hands-on review of an actual backplate for the 4.7-inch model, and has posted similar YouTube videos last year showing back shells for 2013 iPhones before they became official, so it has a pretty decent track record.

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According to the source, only a few such 5.5-inch iPhone 6 shells are available in the factory where the photo (see below) was taken, which may be intended for testing only.

Furthermore, a September launch of the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 model is “unlikely,” the source revealed, which appears to be in line with the previously reported launch delays for the bigger model.

Various rumors have indicated that the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 has either been pushed back because of various production delays, or that Apple has decided not to launch the two devices together to prevent competition between them. The 5.5-inch phablet should head to production only in September alongside new iPad models, Taiwan’s Economic Daily News said recently.

Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 6 on September 9, and launch at least one model in the weeks thereafter.

The leaked image showing the two iPhone 6 parts, along with a video discussing it, follow below.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

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