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New iPhone 6 photo leak shows fully assembled housing… and it’s still ugly

Updated Dec 19th, 2018 8:50PM EST
iPhone 6 Rumors

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We have good news and we have bad news, Apple fans. The good news is that you’ll soon finally be able to get your hands on an iPhone with a significantly larger display, as Apple has sent out invitations to its big iPhone 6 event set to take place on September 9th. The bad news is that from the looks of things, the new iPhone with a significantly larger display is also going to be significantly uglier than its predecessor.

FROM EARLIER: Will the iPhone 6 really be as hideously ugly as we’ve seen in leaks?

Several months ago, iPhone 6 schematics leaked from Foxconn and we’ve seen iPhone 6 mockups pop up all over the place ever since. These mockups all featured thick white plastic lines on the back of the device that were believed to accommodate the new iPhone’s antennas. The antennas would need room to breathe in a housing made mostly of aluminum, of course, but there was one big problem: They were hideous.

After some time, a report from Nikkei allowed us all to breathe a sigh of relief. According to the report, those plastic lines stemmed from a misunderstanding — the similar lines in the schematics actually designated areas that would be covered by glass panels, much like the ones on the back of the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s.


But not so fast; it now appears as though Nikkei’s sources were wrong. Very wrong. We’re now seeing photos leak that show what appears to be the finished, fully assembled housing from Apple’s upcoming iPhone 6… and those ugly plastic lines on the back are still there.

A recent poll taken by several thousand BGR readers suggests that people would definitely prefer glass panels to plastic inserts.

Apple’s next-generation iPhone will be unveiled on September 9th, reportedly alongside the company’s first wearable computer, which is widely referred to as the “iWatch” for the time being. Apple may also unveil a second larger new iPhone model on September 9th, though some reports say it’s coming later this fall.

In the meantime, here is a handful of new photos posted on Friday by a Weibo user (via

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