Factory-floor photos purporting to show the front panel for the next iPhone have leaked online, stoking speculation ahead of tonight’s official unveiling of the operating system that powers the handset.

Sourced by Weibo and brought to our eyes by French Apple fansite nowhereelse.fr and GSM Arena, the images from inside a plant run by Apple’s manufacturing partner Foxxcon show a part that looks decidedly in line with the current-gen front panel in terms of dimensions.

iphone 5s / 6 front panel

That’s been interpreted as a sign that the iPhone 6 / iPhone 5S won’t feature the larger screen that has some have claimed will be a fixture.

Rumours suggested that Apple’s future smartphone could swap the current model’s four-inch Retina display for a 4.8-inch screen that puts it firmly in the realm of phablets.

iphone 5s factory

But before we write off a larger iPhone, it’s probably worth noting that it’s up for debate just how much credibility we should afford the images, which also indicate that the sensors around the phone’s earpiece will be repositioned.

Not least in view of the somewhat comical snap that appears to show a Foxconn worker, who is either failing asleep on the job or holding his head in his hands.

Either way, we should find out soon enough, amid reports that, pending production problems, Apple could still be on course to showcase the next iPhone during September or October.



By Jonathan Leggett