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iPhone 6 rumor rollup for the week ending July 4

John Cox | July 7, 2014
Mocking mockups, partial to parts, the September Unsurprise.

BGR's Zach Epstein is certainly impressed, and showed it with a blaring headline: "New leak shows internal iPhone 6 parts for the first time."

"Apple fan blog found three images on on Tuesday that supposedly show two internal components from one of Apple's upcoming next-generation iPhones," Epstein writes. "The first is a cable that holds the volume and mute buttons and connects them to the iPhone's main board, and the second is a separate flex cable that appears to hold the iPhone 6's power button."

None of the links to the site currently take you to that page. The Chinese portion of the URL translates as: "First exposure iPhone6 [power?] switch and volume cable." The three photos, if they are photos, posted on the image-sharing site Imagur are labeled simply as "iPhone6 parts."

Such exposures create a certain thrill but it's a passing thrill since very few people are in a position to know exactly what the parts do, or are claimed to do, or how they compare with the previous model's exposed parts, or what the differences might actually mean.

Epstein gives it the old college try: "Of note, all of the aforementioned buttons on the iPhone 5s were found on one flex cable," he explains to readers. "The possibility that they have been moved to separate cables may further support earlier reports [he means "rumors"] suggesting that the location of the power button has been moved from the top of the handset to the side on the iPhone 6."

Here's one of the not-very-good photos showing the alleged volume/mute flex cable and a second not-very-good photo showing the alleged power button flex cable.

MacRumors' Eric Slivka expressed the same hivemind opinion in his own post. "This change would seem to be consistent with the larger size of the iPhone 6 and the reported [he means "rumored'"] shift in the location of the power button from the top edge to the right edge," he explains.

Given that the only source is an anonymous posting of three images that someone has labeled "iPhone 6 parts," this is another rumor, all too common in the iOSphere, where there is much, much less to it than meets the eye.


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