A new leak appears to confirm the launch date of September 9 for the long-awaited iPhone 6.
French technology blog Nowhere Else has published new images of what it claims are part of the packaging for Apple’s latest model smartphone.
Along with a feature date – manufacturers tend to use launch dates on icons and promotional material – the images detail a new location for the wake/sleep button on the device’s top right-hand side.
On previous models, including the current iPhone 5s, which was released in September last year, this button is located on the top edge of the phone.
If the new information is true it might indicate previous rumours of an Apple unveiling event on September 9 are false, as Apple has never announced and released an iPhone on the same day.
Last year Nowhere Else leaked similar images of an iPhone 5s document from a “very loyal and reliable Chinese source”.
The images confirmed a new home button with fingerprint authentication, just hours before Apple officially launched it.
The site’s editor, Steve Hemmerstoffer, wrote he was “confident” that his source was also correct this time around.
According to the source, Apple has opted for clean, white packaging for its new smartphone.
The images possibly represent only a draft version, with some “minor modifications” to come before the final release.
Nowhere Else indicated the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 could include 128GB of internal storage.
Apple is rumoured to be releasing two sizes of the iPhone 6, with a larger 5.5-inch “phablet” version to be named the iPhone 6L.
Samsung is rumoured to be launching the Samsung Galaxy Alpha to compete with the smaller iPhone 6 model.
The iPhone 5s has a four-inch screen.
Other rumoured features for the new iPhone 6 include a reversible USB cable that works whichever way you plug it in; increased battery capacity; higher screen resolution; a slimmer body; and the yet-to-be-released update of Apple’s operating system, iOS 8.
Rumours of a super-strong sapphire glass screen also surfaced but have been discounted by analysts.