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Have the first iPhone 6 images leaked?

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The first images of the iPhone 6 appear to have leaked online, confirming a refreshed design and a significantly larger display.

There have been numerous reports and rumours surrounding Apple’s next smartphone, but we haven’t seen any convincing physical evidence of these claims up to this point.

Arriving via Sonny Dickson, a reliable Apple tipster who posted images of a number of iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C components prior to their release, these images appear to show the outer shell of the iPhone 6.

The images show a larger iPhone with a design that’s more akin to the iPod touch 5th generation or even the iPad mini 2 than the iPhone 5S. It’s got a single metallic rear shell (which is shown in both gold and silver) that curves around to form the sides of the device, just like those aforementioned handsets.

We can also see a long gap for the rear camera flash, which tallies with the shape of the iPhone 5S’s dual-flash set-up.

The front of the device is also noteworthy, with an edge to edge display that features only tiny side bezels. Meanwhile, the top and bottom bezels have also been significantly reduced. This would evidently (if accurate) be a bid to accommodate that 4.7-inch display that’s been tipped for the iPhone 6 without significantly increasing the iPhone footprint.

All of this would be terribly convincing but for two points. The first is that the originator of these images is an anonymous Twitter users called mornray886 - Sonny simply forwarded them.

Secondly, as pointed out by 9to5Mac, one eagle-eyed Imgur user has pointed out some suspicious patterns that suggest the pictures may have been faked.

We may have to wait a little longer for that first genuine leaked glimpse at iPhone 6 hardware.

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