Apple is likely gearing up to release two new iPhones this year, including a 4.7-inch model and a larger 5.5-inch iPhone 6 phablet. A few months ago most rumors suggested that Apple had run into production issues with the larger iPhone 6 — mostly related to the battery and the display panels — and that it was delayed until the fourth quarter of this year, or even into 2015. A recent report out of Taiwan yesterday said Apple will likely launch both models at the same time this fall, and the analyst pointed to new 5.5-inch iPhone 6 cases as evidence.
Today, we’re getting one of our first looks at some similar cases. The pink model appears to be for the 4.7-inch iPhone 6, while the clear case gives us a sense of just how big the 5.5-inch version will be in comparison. Clearly there will be those who prefer the smaller handset for one-handed use, while others might simply prefer the bigger screen of the 5.5-inch model, and if Apple does take this strategy it will be able to cater to both consumer styles.
The pictures were published by a Thai site called CookieCoffee, but the report suggests that Apple actually won’t launch the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 until next year, which goes against most every other report we’ve heard recently; it says that LCD manufacturing will begin in August with a launch scheduled in early 2015. Hopefully we learn more about Apple’s real plans for the bigger iPhone 6 in September — for all we know right now this case could be a total fake and Apple may have no real plans for the larger device at all.
For a better look at what the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 may look like, be sure to check out this gallery of photos we snapped of our very own dummy unit.