Two photos of the highly expected iPhone 6 revealed on Monday reportedly show the new, all-aluminum “iPhone 6” back panel, triggering speculations that the Apple logo on the back of the next generation smarthone might light up.
USwitch had look at some supposedly “market-ready” rear panels that feature a thin plastic layer covering the previously exposed Apple logo.
“This could potentially be used to shine a light through for the iPhone 6, in the style of Apple’s laptop models, the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air ranges,” writes Trusted Reviews. “There’s the potential that Apple could use a light up logo to notify the user of incoming emails, texts or other alerts.”
Instead, they suggested, the stripes are likely to appear a placeholder to let manufacturers know where to replace the aluminum with glass.
The surfaced picture depicts the expected all-aluminum exterior of the new Apple’s next generation phone, along with cutouts for the device’s camera lens, flash and microphone.
The current iPhone 5S’s back panel is made mostly of aluminum. Still, unlike the future version, the 5S features a thin strip of gorilla glass that runs along the top and bottom of the casing as well.
“Another major difference between the supposed “iPhone 6″ and the current iPhone model involves the Apple logo on the back. While the logo on current iPhone models is a glossy plastic overlay on top of the aluminum, the logo on the new model appears to be embedded in the aluminum itself,” The Huffington Post revealed.
“USwitch speculated that the new Apple logo might even light up when the owner gets new notifications. A photograph of the panel’s interior, also obtained by uSwitch, shows a thin piece of plastic where the Apple logo would be, which could let light shine through the logo on the outside of the phone.”
However, a post on MacRumors can’t agree with uSwitch’s theory, suggesting that providing the logo in such a way could appear an aesthetic choice, and that the thin plastic panel could simply be necessary to let wireless signals travel through the metal casing.
Weeks ago, the Cupertino based company was awarded a patent for creating “fused glass device housings,” which prompted speculation that the new iPhone could be made entirely of super-durable sapphire glass.
But the rumors significantly contradict the recent series of photos, as well as reports from industry insiders that suggest the new iPhone 6 will feature an anodised aluminum casing, plus a sapphire glass front panel.
“Both 4.7- and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 models should arrive in September running the newly announced iOS 8 operating system, potentially with the long-rumoured iWatch too,” reminds Trusted Reviews.
However, recent reports claim that manufacturing problems could mean that the larger, phablet model might not actually go on sale until some time later in 2014. Or even early 2015.