Last Friday we got a look at an image of what were supposed to be cases for Apple’s new iPhone 6 designs, and they suggested that beyond simply getting larger, the handsets might take the liberty to reposition some of their hardware. Specifically, we saw signs that could be interpreted as Apple moving the phone’s sleep/power button from the top edge to along the side, possibly as a concession to one-handed usage with these larger form factors. But despite that addition of a new button cutout, the old top-edge cutout was still in place. Which was it gonna be? Today some new pics attempt to answer that question, ditching that top button entirely for one on the side.
With the power button relocating, and the headphone jack long having made the move south itself, the phone’s top edge now seems to be entirely devoid of features.
Standard case leak rules apply: cases are likely already going to be one step removed from sources with reliable knowledge of upcoming designs (at least, this far out), so even a totally legit case leak may still only reflect a manufacturer’s educated guess about Apple’s hardware layout. And we also can’t say to what extent these leaks and rumors end up influencing case makers themselves, so this might just be a matter of uncertainty begetting more uncertainty. That said, the change seems sensible enough, and this very well may be the direction Apple ends up taking.