An iPhone 6 emerges that is believed to come from a “beta” tester of the iPhone 6. The box is a little suspicious, and we don’t get to see iOS 8 on-screen.
iPhone 6 photos leaked in recent weeks have shown the back of the iPhone. We’ve rarely seen the front display of the iPhone.
Now, we get to see the iPhone 6 that is in beta testing mode at the moment. The new phone shows us the Apple boot logo that appears when starting up the iPhone, but we don’t get to see the display of the phone just yet. Bummer – we wanted to see if the iOS 8 rumors and leaked icons were the real deal here. Oh well, we’ll have to wait for another day.
We get to see the iPhone 6 box, however, but it provides few clues as to what to expect from the new iOS 8 icons. We don’t see anything but iOS 7 icons on the box (no Health or Healthkit appear, just Passbook and the usuals), but we do get to see the white background that resembles the iPhone hardware color itself. The bottom icon row on the iPhone 6 box is a little troubling. We don’t know what made Apple believe that the gray row background would look good with the rest of the icon row backgrounds being white. It looks a bit tacky, if you ask us. Even if this is a pre-production box, we hope Apple doesn’t continue the gray and white color conflict that it’s got on the front of the iPhone 6 box when the phone arrives this Fall.
There isn’t much to see beyond the iPhone 6 box and the front of the phone – but, as an iPhone, it is something new to encounter. As for what we know, the iPhone 6 still looks to appear with two size models (4.7-inch and 5.5-inch) this September, featuring a new sapphire crystal display for higher-end models and Gorilla Glass 3 or 4 for lower-end models along with an iTime wearable.
While we’ve seen countless photos of the iPhone 6, the look of iOS 8 is what’s got us interested at the moment – that, and whether or not we’ll see a 13MP back camera on the iPhone 6. In recent YouTube torture tests, the sapphire crystal display remained durable despite key scratching, knife hits, and even shoe presses.
KGI Securities Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has said that he seems a little concerned about how sapphire crystal will hold up in torture tests after the phone is released. Sapphire crystal seems tough at times and fragile at others.
The date for the unveil has been set for September 9, with an iPhone 6 release around Sept. 19 or 20.