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Real or not, 'iPhone 6' photos are everywhere

It may not be the real iPhone 6, but photos are being posted just about anywhere you look online.

Purported iPhone 6 shell: The real deal? Maybe not.
Purported iPhone 6 shell: The real deal? Maybe not. MacRumors

Purported iPhone 6 photos have landed. But the usual caveats apply about fakes when the real iPhone 6 is likely still in the testing stage at Apple.

First the caveat. "It is entirely unclear whether the device in the images is a legitimate iPhone 6 prototype or whether it is a fake," according to MacRumors, which obtained the photos via an anonymous Twitter user. And indeed it may be a fake in the form of a render.

Other blogs that follow Apple quickly posted the photos too.

Some of this was driven by Sonny Dickson, known for photos of the iPad Air before its release, who posted a number of photos on Thursday in Australia where he is based.

That aside, MacRumors did a quick analysis about the size of the purported iPhone 6 shell. The conclusion: The photos show a phone that is 4.7 inches diagonally (the iPhone 5S is 4 inches) and 2.3 inches wide (the latter measurement the same as the iPhone 5S) .

In line with rumors, the device in the photos also appears to be thinner.

Other rumors about the iPhone 6 that have gained currency include a sapphire glass display and a bezel-free design.

The 4.7-inch display in the photos comports with rumors that claim one version of the iPhone 6 will come in that size. Another larger, phablet-like device may be as large as 5.5 or 5.7 inches, according to recent speculation.

Sonny DIckson