Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) isn't expected to unveil the iPhone 6 before September, but one Chinese manufacturer already has a working clone that just might be good enough to fool your friends.
Called the Wico i6, the iPhone 6 clone caught on video is functional, down to software that has been made to mimic the look of iOS. On first glance, the clone features Applesque details down to the “Designed by Apple in California” and “Made In China” claims on its rear cover.
The Chinese clone mimics the design of the iPhone 6 that has leaked online, showcasing a thinner chassis than previous devices, along with a power button that has been moved from the top of the phone, to its side. It also features the elongated volume buttons expected on the iPhone 6, thanks to a series of dummy models leaked by accessory and case manufacturers.
In hand, the Wico i6 might not be as convincing -- it features a plastic body, as opposed to the aluminum expected on Apple’s latest handset. A Chinese gadget blog called 86 Digital published two videos of the iPhone 6 clone on Tuesday, showcasing the Wico i6 in action.
Goophone has also announced plans to sell an iPhone 6 clone, which it says will be released on Aug. 1. The Goophone i6 is powered by a version of the Android operating system, and will feature a quad-core Mediatek chipset (MT6582), one gigabyte of memory (RAM) and a 13-megapixel main camera.
Apple is expected to equip the iPhone 6 with a series of notable design changes from its predecessors, including two different models: one with a 4.7-inch screen, and another with a larger, phablet-style 5.5-inch display. The iPhone 6 is also expected to feature an A8 processor and improved camera hardware.