New iPhone 6 hardware shots seemingly leak, as rumored features get detailed

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We’re no strangers to iPhone 6 pics at this point, having seen our share of schematics, renders, dummy phones, and images of apparent handset components. Just how much of all this is based in fact and will reflect the design Apple ultimately delivers remains to be seen, but today we get to check out a few new shots of a handset frame that emerged over the weekend, as well as hear the latest rumors about what to expect from the fully-assembled phone.

There’s nothing too controversial about these images, which line up pretty nicely with the sort of thing we’ve been seeing so far: a super-slim metal design with a few changes from the 5S, like moving the handset’s power button down to the side.

The more interesting part are these rumors about what the iPhone 6 might be capable of doing. We hear that NFC may finally make an appearance, with mobile payments being one of the core use cases Apple prepares for. The smartphone’s radio could see an upgrade, and while it wouldn’t be full-on LTE Advanced like we find on newer some Android models, the step up to a category 6 LTE radio could still deliver significant speed improvements.

And just like with NFC, Apple may have finally come around to acknowledging the appeal of wireless chargers, and could build such support into the iPhone 6. It’s not clear which standard Apple would support (even if there is cause to believe the wireless charging format war may soon become a moot point), but it’s reportedly close to deciding on one or another. Finally, there’s word that not only are we looking at larger displays (4.7 and 5.5 inches) and higher resolutions (1704 x 960), but higher screen-to-face ratios as well, meaning a shrunken-down bezel. While not all of these claims are new, they sure add up to one (or two, we suppose) very compelling-sounding smartphone(s).

iphone-6-case-hw-2Source: Venture Beat, Xiao Long Tea House
Via: 9to5 Mac 1,2

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bitsRead more about Stephen Schenck!