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Potential 5.5-inch iPhone flex cables, SIM trays leak

updated 08:50 pm EDT, Thu July 24, 2014

If legitimate, would be first tangible evidence of 5.5-inch model

A new set of pictures from a Taiwanese enthusiast site could provide the first evidence of the existence of a 5.5-inch iPhone if legitimate. The images, showing flex cables for the volume-mute button as well as the wake-sleep control, also include an unknown longer flex cable previously unseen in an iPhone model, as well as a set of micro-SIM trays. All are said to be for a 5.5-inch iPhone which has been long-rumored, but to date little credible evidence exists for its production.

The two smaller cables line up with normal iPhone 5s parts, though in the iPhone 5s both the sleep-wake and volume-mute actuators are on a single cable. The need to break them out into two cables could be explained by the larger size of the alleged jumbo iPhone model, AppleInsider speculates. The arrangement of the sleep-wake flex cable also suggests that the button could be moved in the new iPhones to the right-hand side rather than its usual place at the top. This also would fall in line with previous rumors.

One area that casts some doubt on the legitimacy of the photos is of the micro-SIM trays, which include several blue-colored trays. Thus far, there has been no rumor of a blue color option on either of the expected iPhones, which opens up the possibility that these parts are for knock-off imitators or other smartphones entirely. The shade of blue used in the iPhone 5c does not match the shade in the photos.

The third and much longer flex cable does not have connectors for any known components for the iPhone, suggesting that it might be used to provide power. There have been some intimations that the larger, 5.5-inch device Apple is working on isn't actually an iPhone, but perhaps some other device for education, enterprise or some other more narrow purpose. Parts for the alleged 4.7-inch iPhone have been more plentiful, and appear to correspond well to mock-ups and other prototypes of such a device, making them seem more likely to be legitimate.

The presence of the micro-SIM trays, however, casts doubt on the idea that these are for the next iPhone -- though there has long been talk of Apple incorporating the option for cellular data into other devices, such as the iPod touch or even portable Mac models. Some seven years ago, Apple even built prototype MacBooks that could leverage cellular networks. However, without some way to measure the scale of the components shown, even the claim by the site that these parts are for a 5.5-inch device must be taken with some skepticism.

by MacNN Staff




  1. Lifeisabeach

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    Joined: 05-25-10

    SIM trays? Seriously? A larger iPhone isn't going to need a larger SIM tray. Nor would a MacBook for that matter. The SIM card is going to be the same size no matter what device it's on, so why would the tray be any different?

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