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iPhone 6 release date, price, specs and new features

The iPhone 6 is one of the most anticipated smartphones of 2014 and with Apple’s iPhone 5s now nearing its first birthday, iPhone 6 rumours are flooding in. We’ve collected all of those rumours into one place, so you’ll know everything there is to know about the iPhone 6 until Apple actually announces the device later this year. We’ve investigated the possible iPhone 6 release date, iPhone 6 price rumours, spec rumours and new iPhone 6 features. We’ve also got some iPhone 6 pictures to show you and a ‘hands-on video’ of an iPhone 6 mockup.

This is the place where we present to you some of the more (and less) plausible iPhone 6 release date and new feature rumours from around the web. Continue reading to find out more about the iPhone 6 release date and its new features.

We’ve been lucky enough to have a trusted industry source describe the iPhone 6 to us. They’ve seen it in the flesh and held it ahead of the launch.

iPhone 6: The latest leaked photos

There have been plenty of leaked photos of the iPhone 6 already, just scroll though this article to see a sample. However, the latest ones are the most convincing yet. They’ve been sent toTechRadar and show the iPhone 6 complete with the retail box which it will ship in. They apparently come from a beta tester and the site has ‘no reason to believe’ they are fake.

iPhone 6 leaked with retail box

 

iPhone 6 release date: When is iPhone 6 coming out?

We’ve been covering iPhone launches since 2007, which has stood us in good stead for predicting what to expect from Apple this year. The company hasn’t launched a new iPhone outside of the five months between June and October – with a particular foundness for September. We’re in that five-month window, so expect iPhone 6 talk to heat up from now (as if it’s not hot enough already!)

While the history books suggest that there will be an new iPhone 6 release date around September/October 2014, rumours did suggest that Apple would launch the next generation iPhone at its WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference) keynote on 2nd June. Apple instead used the event to unveil iOS 8 and OS X 10.10 Yosemite.

Update: A new launch date of 9th September has been outed by re/code which says Apple has scheduled a big media event for that day. “As with September events past, the focal point of this one is to be Apple’s next-generation iPhones” says the site which founded by former Wall Street Journalists Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher.

September, September, September

The Mirror is reporting that the iPhone 6 will launch on September 19th in 32GB and 64GB, citing a report. Plus, the website MacRumors has slated a release for the third Friday in September which is in line with previous launches.

Another rumour, this one from unidentified supply-chain sources who spoke with Taiwanese media, is that the iPhone 6 will now launch in August, according to Reuters. That’s a month earlier than we expected and a little unusual. The reports also suggest that a larger model with a 5.5- or 5.6in screen will then arrive in September, but again, the idea that Apple will launch two iPhones so close together seems unlikely.

A recent iPhone 6 release date rumour to arrive, and one that we think is probably true, is that Apple employees have been told that they are not able to take some specific dates in September as holiday. That’s usually a sign that something big is coming on those days, so we’re fully expecting it’ll be the iPhone 6.

In fact, German carrier Deutsche Telekom has been telling Apple blog Apfelpage.de that the iPhone 6 will be released on 19th September, after being unveiled by Apple on 9 September, which seems like a safe guess to us.

This has now been backed up by Chinese web portal Tencent (via MacRumours) citing inside sources. It also touts 19th September for a launch while giving some information on specs (see below).

In July, a slightly dubious rumour from a MacRumors source suggested that the iPhone 6 would actually become available to buy on the 14th October, after a 16th September announcement. It seems odd that Apple would leave almost a month between the device’s unveiling and the release date, as it usually releases its products around 10 days after their announcement. It’s also a departure from Apple’s usual Friday release date, as 14th October will be a Tuesday.

However, it is possible that Apple is experiencing some issues with production of the iPhone 6, and that it fears consumers will decide to purchase a rival device if no iPhone is unveiled in the expected month of September.

5.5in iPhone 6 delayed until 2015

KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (via Apple Insider), says that the 5.5in model could be delayed until 2015 – or late in the fourth quater at best. This is due to technical problems with the phone’s in-cell touch panel, as well as colour unevenness on the redesigned iPhone 6 metal casing.

Although similar problems are thought to be occurring on the 4.7in model, this will launch first with the 5.5in model to follow, according to Kuo.

iPhone 6 scam

The iPhone 6 absolutely hasn’t launched yet, though, so don’t be fooled by the most recent scam that’s being emailed out to thousands of people from a convincing email address. The email, from sales@apple.com, says “The wait is over” and tells recipients that they can buy the iPhone 6 today. All they need to do is follow the links and fill out their Apple ID and password details. Please don’t be fooled by this scam – it’s a phishing site so entering your details will compromise your confidential details stored within your Apple account.

Previous iPhone release dates:

To help you get a better idea of Apple’s iPhone history, here are the release dates of its iPhones since the very first one was unveiled in 2007.

iPhone 1st genJune, 2007
iPhone 3GJuly, 2008
iPhone 3GSJune, 2009
iPhone 4June, 2010
iPhone 4sOctober, 2011
iPhone 5September, 2012
iPhone 5s/5cSeptember, 2013

iPhone 6 rumours at a glance

  • iPhone 6 Release date: September 2014
  • iPhone 6 Screen sizes: 4.7- to 5.5-inches (or both)
  • iPhone 6 Price: Same as existing: 16GB £549, 32GB £629, 64GB £709
  • iPhone 6 possible new features:
    • Up to 128GB internal storage or expandable storage
    • Better camera
    • New iOS 8 operating system
    • Heart rate EarPods
    • NFC chip
    • A8 processor
    • Wireless charging
    • Will work with Apple’s rumoured iWatch
    • Sapphire glass and LiquidMetal design

 

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