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Completely redesigned iPhone 6 housing revealed in huge leak

Published Jun 9th, 2014 9:30AM EDT

A new set of high-resolution images have hit the web in China, showing what is believed to be an authentic metal housing from Apple’s upcoming iPhone 6. The case has been photographed from all possible angles, likely providing further confirmation of Apple’s huge new design revamp for the handset.

This purported iPhone 6 component suggests the next-gen iPhone will be significantly thinner than its predecessors, and feature more curved lines, including curved corners and edges. Furthermore, the metal frame has slimmer volume rockers, similar to what’s already available on iPod touch and iPad models, and a relocated power button, which is now placed on the right side of the handset above the SIM tray, rather than on the top side.

Antenna bands, rear camera, flash and Apple logo cutouts are also present on the metal case, which are all consistent with what dummy units and similar leaks have recently revealed.

The Chinese publication that posted the images wondered whether the cutout Apple logo has anything to do with possible NFC- or wireless charging features the iPhone 6 may have to offer. Coincidentally or not, a recent report suggested that the iPhone 6 will indeed support NFC connectivity as well as wireless charging, although obviously nothing is confirmed that this point.

For what its worth though, both the iPad Air and Retina iPad mini have similar cutouts in their respective rear metal covers, without offering NFC or wireless charging support.

Some images showing the rumored iPhone 6 rear case follow below, with more available by following the link in our source section.

From earlier: 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 cases show us how much bigger Apple’s next iPhones will be

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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