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iPhone 6 rumours: Apple's new smartphone chassis leaked ahead of WWDC

Ahead of Apple's WWDC conference next week, a photo of what could potentially be the official iPhone 6 chassis has been leaked online.

Australian blog MacFixIt, who obtained the image, says it did so from sources inside the supply chain. Whilst on first glance it looks like Apple is turning all its iPhones mint green, MacFixIt claims that the grassy hue is thanks to a plastic wrapping covering the device for protection. Underneath, the iPhone 6 will be silver.

The photo is allegedly the 4.7in iPhone 6 that is pencilled in for a September launch. A larger 5.5in model is expected to launch a little later.

The metal looking body matches previously leaked blueprints for the iPhone 6; the image shows a chassis with the same curved edges and antenna breaks at the top and bottom of the shell.

What strikes us as odd, however, and makes us question the photo's authenticity is that this supposed iPhone 6 has a circular flash out. The old iPhone5 and iPhone 5C have this, but the newest iPhone 5S model has upgraded to a pill-shape flash that accommodates the dual-LED True Tone flash.

This allows the smartphone to produce more realistic profile shots. Consequently, it would be a strange move from Apple to down ground back to a single LED flash like this case suggests, especially in light of the high-spec camera phones launched by HTC and LG in recent months.

It'll be a while before we get firm answers on exactly what the iPhone 6 has in store for us, but in the meantime check out our live coverage of Apple's WWDC conference 2014 – iOS 8 may be just around the corner...