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It's not certain, but there's a slim chance that we know exactly what the next iPhone looks like. Late last week Japan's MacFan magazine posted (via MacOtakara) what it claims are schematics for the upcoming (also alleged) 5.7-inch and 4.7-inch iPhones, and French website Nowhereelse.fr teamed up with famed concept artist Martin Hajek to determine what the content of those schematics would look like in real life.
It's certainly not as bulky. Hajek's concept (via TechCrunch) shows us a phone that's at least 0.5 mm thinner than the current iPhone 5s. Its curved edges also mark a stark departure from earlier renderings we've seen, but it also features the edge-to-edge design that we've heard about almost since the first rumors about the iPhone 6 started pouring in. The design also shows the return of a glass backing, although the sapphire glass allegedly used for the process should be more durable than what we saw in earlier iPhone models.
Unfortunately, the only proof we have that these blueprints are the real deal are the simple fact that they "look" legit; the same could be said of Hajek's renderings if discovered independently. In addition, the sheer thinness of the design has prompted some critics to dismiss the blueprints as fake, although MacRumors posted some allegedly leaked photos from Foxconn today that appear to show the device in production. It looks strikingly similar to Hayek's renderings.
Even so, barring an accidental loss of another prototype iPhone, we'll likely have to wait until this fall to learn the truth.
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