Ready for the iPhone 6 rumor mill to start churning? Good, because that's exactly what's happened this evening.
Sonny Dickson, who has been responsible for accurate Apple leaks in the past, took to Twitter and his personal blog today to share some photos of what he says may be the rear panel of the next iPhone. The casing sports iPod touch-like rounded corners and cutouts in the upper left corner for the unit's camera and flash. Interestingly, the hole for the flash is similar to the dual-LED flash found on the iPhone 5s.
The rumor mill has suggested that Apple is planning to use larger displays in its next generation iPhone models, one of which could range between 4.5 and 5 inches and another that could be larger than 5 inches. The next iPhone is also expected to be thinner than the 5s. Considering that Apple has used its current iPhone design for two generations, it's also possible that the Cupertino firm could be working on an entirely new look for the iPhone 6.
So are these parts the real deal? That's tough to say right now, but they do appear larger than the existing iPhone and, as I said before, Dickson has a history of accurate Apple leaks. One thing that's worth noting is that we're still around 7 months away from the iPhone 5s's first birthday and possibly the iPhone 6's unveiling. Considering that, it's possible that these parts are one of many that are being tested deep inside of Apple's labs. A couple more photos of the parts can be found in the gallery below.
What do you think of this purported iPhone 6 back panel? Would you like it if the next iPhone looked like this?
UPDATE: As MacRumors notes, these images appear to have originated from anonymous Twitter user @mornray886. More photos are available in the account's timeline that show the front and sides of the unit, including a larger display, Touch ID-equipped Home button and what looks to be a SIM slot.
The device is said to measure around 2.6 inches wide, larger than the 2.31 inch iPhone 5s, with a diagonal measurement of 5.25 inches. One other detail worth noting is that the rear panel in these photos has FCC text printed on it, something that's usually not added until closer to a device's launch.