iPhone 6 may hark back to original iPhone for design inspiration

Another week has passed and unsurprisingly a new iPhone 6 leak has emerged. Although this one is not as exciting as the sapphire crystal screen torture test, it still gives us a new glimpse at the next generation iPhone. While we have a good idea of what the next iPhone will look like as a whole, this new leak shows a couple of new details in regards to the volume buttons, the Apple logo, and the camera lens.

According to Feld & Volk, a luxury accessory manufacturer for Apple products, they have received some new parts that might indicate a couple of new style changes for the upcoming iPhone 6. From the looks of what they have obtained, the iPhone 6 might have low profile recessed volume buttons that will be surrounded by a bezel with chamfered edges. This is in stark contrast to the volume buttons on the iPhone 5S, but looks similar to the leaked next generation iPad Air we covered last month. 

We also get our first look at a purported embedded Apple logo. The logo looks highly polished in the pictures and harks back to the original iPhone released in 2007 that utilized the same two-piece construction. The source states that the polished logo is made from a highly scratch resistant material.

Lastly, the accessory manufacturer was able to obtain a iPhone 6 camera ring that fits snuggly on the back of the leaked back shells. This ring looks very similar to the ones that can be found on the current generation iPod Touch. While all of these parts could be completely off the mark, it won't be much longer before we get our first official glimpse of the iPhone 6. Apple is scheduled to have an event on September 9th, 2014 that will most likely mark the official announcement of the new iPhone. 

Source: Feld & Volk via MacRumorsImage via Feld & Volk

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JHBrown said,
Wow! Can't stop those leaks now. Flood incoming.

People are saying they think it's fake because there's no health app on the front page, but seems to match most of the rumours so far.

agtsmith said,

My God! It looks the same! This changes everything!

You already posted this comment above. The Microsoft Phones also look the same since inception. They also will not make any drastic changes as the years go by, just minor tweaks. What's with the trolling?

JHBrown said,
You already posted this comment above.

And? Neowin posts this article every week.

Also, I resent that accusation. My posts are at least as diversified as the subsequent iPhone iterations.

The Microsoft Phones also look the same since inception. They also will not make any drastic changes as the years go by, just minor tweaks.

I don't see this level of obsession around every single "Microsoft Phone" (as you put it) that is going to be released.

What's with the trolling?

Nice try.

"iPhone 6 may hark back to original iPhone for design inspiration"

This sounds so pompous and yet all the iPhone variations look pretty much the same. What, they're going to bring back the square on the home button?

Pretty much all cell phones look the same. Is there suppose to be a new design every year? There is only so much you can do design wise to a smartphone.

agtsmith said,
"iPhone 6 may hark back to original iPhone for design inspiration"

This sounds so pompous and yet all the iPhone variations look pretty much the same. What, they're going to bring back the square on the home button?

Rounded sides perhaps? (Or do they call them something silly like chamfered edges?)

As long as don't get the black plastic strip at the bottom I'm OK with it.

I'd argue that they're not pretty much the same because each set of X/XS has enough variances that it's easy to tell them apart, and reference their design.

I have to say I'm not too keen on what I've seen from these leaks so far.

IMO my iphone 5S feels damn near perfect. I think I'll be sticking with this for some time yet.

I usually really like the design of Apple devices, I personally think the iPhone 5s is the best looking smartphone out there, we obviously still have to see the iPhone 6 as a whole, but if those details are real I can say I don't really like them, I don't find them elegant but rather tawdry. I'm also not a big fan of rounded edges, if all those leaks are real I find devices like Nokia Lumia 930 or Xiaomi Mi3 and Mi4 to be more visually appealing.

Gabe84 said,
I usually really like the design of Apple devices, I personally think the iPhone 5s is the best looking smartphone out there, we obviously still have to see the iPhone 6 as a whole, but if those details are real I can say I don't really like them, I don't find them elegant but rather tawdry. I'm also not a big fan of rounded edges, if all those leaks are real I find devices like Nokia Lumia 930 or Xiaomi Mi3 and Mi4 to be more visually appealing.

Agreed. The iphone 5/5S just screams premium and well-built. These leaks look like a step backwards.

Deyirn said,
im not a fan of apple, but a glowing back logo on the iphone 6 will be so badass

But you probably don't see the back of your phone 90% of the time, so it's going to be useless & use unnecessary battery. I'm sure Apple won't go for it

:: Lyon :: said,

But you probably don't see the back of your phone 90% of the time, so it's going to be useless & use unnecessary battery. I'm sure Apple won't go for it

you dont see the back of your macbook 90% of the time either, but the logo is glowing

Does "hark back to original iPhone for design inspiration" mean they can't think of anything new? Why can't they just do what they've done with the last two iPhones and "innovate" some more of WP8's features?

Major_Plonquer said,
Does "hark back to original iPhone for design inspiration" mean they can't think of anything new? Why can't they just do what they've done with the last two iPhones and "innovate" some more of WP8's features?

Apple's Anti-Innovation is 'Magical'!

Looks like that plastic lining is still there. All the iPhone fans have been telling me it's just a temporary case to disguise the phone.

I'm not the only one who's hearing all of this denial? I swear Apple fans are claiming the design is just a mockup and the real thing is going to be "entirely different". I feel like they're trying to copy the design of the HTC One M8, but they made the plastic lining way too thick.

I think it might be rubber instead of plastic. Its also probably there to provide a bit of buffer so you don't damage the camera when putting the phone down. It does look a bit ugly though.

That's how they could do it I guess... But don't worry they'll say why is it made like that and of course why is it good for you :p

Not a big deal, so long as it doesn't protrude to ridiculous lengths like the Nokia 1020 does.

My Samsung's camera sticks out a bit and I'm just fine with that.

Astra.Xtreme said,
I can't say I like the idea of the camera lens protruding from the chassis.
Is there any benefit to doing that?

I do not like it either but... the Lumia Icon has it as well so it might be there because the camera has some kind of stabilization. I am just speculating though... at the moment the iPhone is not on my radar and one of the reason I did not like the Icon was the bump on the back.

If this is accurate, at least the camera doesn't protrude like that ugly Nokia that was released a while back. I forgot the model number, but it had the ugliest shape on a smartphone. Camera was supposedly remarkable though from the reviews I read.

JHBrown said,
If this is accurate, at least the camera doesn't protrude like that ugly Nokia that was released a while back. I forgot the model number, but it had the ugliest shape on a smartphone. Camera was supposedly remarkable though from the reviews I read.

It's the 1020 I'm referencing. The pictures were nice, but my Samsung takes decent pictures just the same, and they look arguably better when viewed on my phone because of the 1920x1080 resolution.

dead.cell said,

It's the 1020 I'm referencing. The pictures were nice, but my Samsung takes decent pictures just the same, and they look arguably better when viewed on my phone because of the 1920x1080 resolution.
Yes, that's the one. Such an ugly phone. What Samsung phone do you have that takes pictures just as good?

dead.cell said,
Not a big deal, so long as it doesn't protrude to ridiculous lengths like the Nokia 1020 does.

My Samsung's camera sticks out a bit and I'm just fine with that.

Well it won't have the quality of the camera in the Lumia 1020 so it won't matter. Also on the 1020 it seems to me the extrusion is about the same as this, maybe even less. To me this looks more like someone decides to glue a button to the body instead of the well designed camera hump on the 1020. You have obviously never seen/held a 1020 in real life so you really have no reference.

JHBrown said,
Yes, that's the one. Such an ugly phone. What Samsung phone do you have that takes pictures just as good?
He doesn't. In any test around the net or in print the 1020 comes out on top every time.. He just thinks that because he has a 1080 display the images will look better. As he has not seen/held/used the 1020 he has no reference and is just guessing.

paulheu said,
Well it won't have the quality of the camera in the Lumia 1020 so it won't matter. Also on the 1020 it seems to me the extrusion is about the same as this, maybe even less. To me this looks more like someone decides to glue a button to the body instead of the well designed camera hump on the 1020. You have obviously never seen/held a 1020 in real life so you really have no reference.

I mean on the phone itself; off the phone, yes, the pictures look better. I'm not disputing that. Feel free to disagree.

Did someone kick your puppy or do you act like this to everyone? :sleep2:

Astra.Xtreme said,
I can't say I like the idea of the camera lens protruding from the chassis.
Is there any benefit to doing that?

It may be magnetic and I expect there may be lens attachments.
It protrudes because camera lens modules can only get so thin. Phone gets thinner but camera module needs to be bigger.

Seems like that white strip under the lens might be protruding to help elevate the phone enough so the camera doesn't get affected when you put your phone down. In any case, the camera lens is made out of sapphire (much harder than what the new screen will be), so it won't get damaged easily.