Leaked iPhone 6 Plans Show Apple Considered Shrinking Headphone Jack

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Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) considered shrinking the headphone jack on the iPhone 6 down, but scrapped the idea, a French tech blog claims.

A series of images appearing to showcase three-dimensional models of the iPhone 6 have hit the Web, and they appear to confirm a number of earlier reports regarding the anticipated smartphone.

If they are real, a series of purported Foxconn screenshots from French Apple blog iGen confirm the dimensions of both iPhone 6 models due for release this September. They also show that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) was considering a major design change for the iPhone 6: an entirely new headphone jack.

iphone 6 dimensions leaked rumors release date The iPhone 6 computer models date to February were purportedly leaked from Apple's manufacturing partner, the Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. Ltd., also known as Foxconn. Shown is the largest iPhone 6 model (5.5-inches) over the 4.7-inch model, with an iPhone 5S on bottom for comparison.

The site claims Apple experimented with the audio port by shrinking it down from the standard 3.5 millimeters to 2.5 millimeters, a size commonly used for older cell phone headsets containing a microphone. As cell phones became more widely used for media consumption, the larger connection -- used on most headphones as well as Apple’s earbuds -- became the standard.

iphone 6 rumors release date 2 The iPhone 6 models show the same protruding camera design seen in earlier leaks.

Screenshots showcasing the smaller, 4.7-inch iPhone 6, showcase a unibody design with redesigned volume controls and two breaks to allow antenna signals to pass through. The photos appear to date to February, and considering Apple’s annual release cycle, mean that even if real, they could reveal iPhone 6 models the company has since abandoned.

iphone 6 rumors release date 3 The dimensions of the iPhone 6 confirm sizes appearing in earlier leaks, and according to iGen.fr, show that Apple considered shrinking the standard headphone jack down to 2.5 millimeters.

Two prototypes for the larger, 5.5-inch iPhone 6 appear, one larger and weighing 8 percent more. The differences suggest Apple’s design team spent more time deciding on a final model, tinkering with the internal components and size of the Cupertino, California-based manufacturer’s first phablet.

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