Alleged iPhone 6 mold gives us a look at slimmer, curved design

Maquette-Proto-iPhone-6

We’ve seen no shortage of iPhone 6 part leaks recently, and now an alleged mold of the unreleased device has surfaced. French site Nowwhereelse.fr has shared pictures of what it’s claiming is a “physical model” of the iPhone 6.

The source of the model is unknown other than it came from a Chinese forum, so we’re filing this one under very sketchy. But based on existing rumors, the design could be close to what Apple is planning.

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As you can tell, the dummy mold is very crude and basic. It’s probably based on schematics that case and accessory makers use overseas to prototype their designs.

Yesterday we looked at a video of a purported iPhone 6 case compared to the iPod touch, and both shared the same width and curves. This mold matches up with the same aesthetic.

The 4.7-inch iPhone is widely expected to share the rounder exterior of the iPod touch, including tweaked volume buttons and a relocated mute switch. There’s some uncertainty about the exact dimensions, but the general consensus seems to be that the width will be around 6mm.

If Apple does decide to go with a look like this for the next iPhone, it will be the first radical design departure since the iPhone 4 in 2010.

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