Here's why the leaked "iPhone 6 frame" is likely fake

Here's why the leaked
Everyone is curious to find out what Apple has in store for the iPhone 6, which isn't due to hit the market for about another 8 months. That's just the way the rumor mill goes - the iPhone 5s is real, so it isn't as interesting, but there is plenty of speculation to be had on the iPhone 6, and a lot of fake news too. We were highly skeptical when we first saw the supposed "iPhone 6 frame", but the good folks at MacRumors have laid out good reasons why the component is likely fake.

There are two big reasons to not believe the rumor. First, the component shown is a midframe, which is designed to have hardware attached on either side before being enclosed with casing. The thing is that Apple stopped using midframes after the iPhone 4S, and now uses a unibody design (something Apple loves to use) where the components attach directly to the case. 

Secondly, the headphone jack shown on the frame is at the top of the device, but again Apple hasn't been building its iPhones that way recently. Again, with the iPhone 5 and the switch to the Lightning connector, Apple moved the headphone jack to the bottom edge of the iPhone to match the iPod Touch. A headphone jack on the bottom of a device serves two purposes: it lowers stress on the jack itself which causes fewer problems with headphone wiring, and it keeps the headphone wires from accidentally falling in front of the display. 

Obviously, Apple could be changing the way it builds devices, but it seems pretty unlikely, and we can definitely get behind the reasoning here. 

source: MacRumors

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21 Comments

1. Kishin

Posts: 706; Member since: May 30, 2013

This is so scary cause from the 4 to the 5s iPhone always shined in design but changing the design will be scary.

2. Dante216

Posts: 32; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Well, that "headphone jack" at the top could be a stylus spot. It does look like there's a jack spot at the bottm.

3. darkkjedii

Posts: 30964; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Apple will nail the design, just like every other time.

5. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Odd, I distinctly remember a masive design flaw a couple models back that resulted in dropped calls because the antenna was positioned in such a way that signal was blocked by the user's hand.

6. Zomer

Posts: 361; Member since: May 31, 2013

Yeah it surely was a big problemmmmm, just a lot of BS, never had a dropped call on my iPhone 4 a couple of years ago.

9. tedkord

Posts: 17303; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Well, if you didn't have a problem it couldn't have existed. Not only was it a design flaw, it was a design flaw that any first year electrical engineering student could have seen. When you bridge two antennas with a conductive substance (like skin), they both detune. That's why is was shown scientifically with measuring apparatus that the iPhone lost mor than double the signal of any other phone with just a finger touch bridging the gap. Here's a question that no rabid if an had ever been able to answer - if it wasn't a design flaw, and was just the same proximity interference that all cell phones suffer, then went did the bumper fix it? You were lucky enough to live in an area where the signal loss wasn't enough to drop the call. You did still have the flaw.

18. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Dude, that crap was 4 years ago and Apple completely fixed the issue with the iPhone 4S. What you are talking about is the iPhone 4.

10. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

im getting dropped calls now on my dads 5 and moms 4s after the iOS 7 update nothing before it

14. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1773; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

That sucks, my iDud is now a paperweight because iOS 7 didn't make it water proof :(

20. hurrycanger

Posts: 1759; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

lol, that waterproof software feature again... xD

21. sudhiir.reddy

Posts: 30; Member since: Jun 08, 2013

shut up! They are smarter than you and me....

4. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

I'm not so sure what is at the top in this pic is the top of the phone. That looks like the lightning connector in the middle and the headphone jack next to it. I think the thing is upside down. Everyone is also getting thrown off by the camera. That circle is not the camera. If this is a mid plate, it won't need a hole in it.

7. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

It's probably a fake because apple will never release a big phone.

11. tedkord

Posts: 17303; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

They will.

12. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

They won't. Ever. WIsh all you want. Rumors of this stupid larger iphone have been around for years, nothing ever happens.

16. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Really? Steve Jobs said that the iPhone would never increase in screen size because nobody wants a big display. However 5+ inches are now the norm and even Apple themselves were forced to increase the screen size to 4. But trust me, they will be forced to do it once again, to what? That's a good question, I see them doing 4.5 inches.

8. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

That frame was borrowed from a local chinese OEM that reverse engineers iphones, they just had to blow it up a little

13. skymitch89

Posts: 1452; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

About the fact that "A headphone jack on the bottom of a device serves two purposes: it lowers stress on the jack itself which causes fewer problems with headphone wiring" to me is false. Having a headphone jack on the bottom makes it so that the device would have to go in to the pocket upside down. If inserted topside up the headphone cable might not be long enough to reach the ears or would cause MAJOR wear & tear on the end of the cable. I know all this from experience.

17. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Yea I hate when the headphone jack is at the bottom, it causes nothing but annoyances.

19. alrightihatepickingusernames

Posts: 474; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

I had never heard of the two reasons he gave, in fact headphones on the bottom are more in the way in my experience. Apple's logic was when you hold the device and put it in your pocket top-first, the jack will be facing the opening in the pocket, and when you pull the device out when listening to music you don't need to flip it around. It really does come down to preference though, and like you, I prefer it on the top.

15. puckhead

Posts: 81; Member since: Jan 13, 2013

As long they make the effing screen bigger who really cares about anything else

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