iPhone 6 Rumours and the September Apple Event
Technology news site Re/code has reported that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) will launch its iPhone 6, rumoured to be with larger screens, on Tuesday September 9. The report further suggests that the smartphones could be available on the market by Friday, September 19. The site claims its sources are people close to Apple hierarchy, and the reports have widely been accepted with little or no doubts.
Apple has already declined to comment on this report, but the September launch date is consistent with its strategy for the previous launches of its flagship smartphones. The announcements often come in between early and mid of the said month, and a few weeks later the product is often on sale.
While these may be just rumours, the Re/code’s reporter John Paczkowski has proven track record on divulging Apple launch dates, and therefore it cannot be ignored.
October iPhone 6 Release Date Rumours
MacRumors last week reported that iPhone 6 release will be delayed until October 14th. However, the report also concurs that the iphone maker could launch the phone in September.
The October report has been received with a nagging thought, however. October is a rather busy week for Apple. It releases its Q4 earnings report then and it has other products in the pipeline to release too that are likely to be launched in the same month. Apple has for a long time been known to separate its product launches, to give each product its shining moment. Therefore, it would be imaginary to believe the company would cram all these activities in just October. Other products in the pipeline and which are also highly anticipated include the iWatch and a new iPad model.
Uncertainties Surround iPhone 6 phablet version
Apple is being expected to concurrently release two versions of iPhone 6, the 5.5-inch premium phablet and the typical sized handset with 4.7-inch display. However, it is emerging that the company is experiencing problems with its suggested Sapphire Glass, which it intended to use for its new larger version of iPhone 6. Reports suggest that the phablet could be delayed to as far as 2015.
If this is true, it could spell doom for the iphone maker as the main attraction for the new iphone would be larger screens, as the company seeks to poach some of Samsung’s (OTC:SSNLF) customers who have preferred the Galaxy series over the iphone. Nevertheless, Apple has been silent over the matter and it would be premature to arrive at conclusion. The iphone 6 release date is still a matter open to speculation as no precise release schedule has been put in place.
Expected iPhone 6 Features
Here are the expected new features of the iPhone 6, other than the 4.7″ or 5.5″ display:
- Sapphire cover glass
- Optical image stabilization
- An NFC radio
- Wirelesss charging
- Cat-6 LTE (theoretical max speeds of 300Mbps)
The price of this new iPhone model is expected to be high, but Apple still expected to do very well with its release as its customer thirst for new iPhone override the need for lower prices. The company is said to be negotiating for $100 price hike to offset the increased costs of production of the bigger device.
The company has ordered production of 70 million and 80 million units combined of the new iPhones, and analysts have predicted that iPhone 6 will outsell all the previous iPhone models.