Today we’ve finally got our eyes on what is claimed to be the body of the upcoming 5.5-inch iPhone 6, the second of two new Apple smartphones tipped to arrive this year.
Recently dubbed the iPhone 6L in a different leak, this phablet-sized phone will be much larger than the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 expected to arrive in September; this in turn is bigger than the 4-inch iPhone 5S currently on sale.
The larger model is thought to offer extra features over the 4.7-inch version. These include optical image stabilisation for the rear camera, which will help reduce motion blur and vastly improve photos taken in low light.
It is also rumoured that this iPhone will have a sapphire crystal screen, replacing the Gorilla Glass used by current iPhones. Sapphire crystal is one of the hardest materials known to man, can be scratched only by diamond, and is currently used for the lens cover of the iPhone 5s, but until now was too expensive to use over the display.
Only the Vertu Signature Touch has a sapphire crystal screen, but that costs £6,750.
The display resolution of the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 is thought to be 828 x 1472, while the extra space will mean a much bigger battery; a recent rumour claims the capacity will be 2,915mAh, more than double that of the iPhone 5s.
It has been reported that, although currently being developed, the larger handset will not arrive until later in the year - meanwhile, Apple is rumoured to be hosting a media event to announce the 4.7-in iPhone 6 on 9 September.