Latest update: The time is nigh, people. The invites are out. Apple is hosting an event in Cupertino on September 9, with the tagline ‘Wish we could say more’.
The new iPhone could be one of the most pivotal devices in the Cupertino brand’s history – with the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C simple updates to previous models, there’s a lot of pressure heaped on the iPhone 6.
We’ve already been given a small sneak peak at what Apple may have in store for us on the iPhone 6 thanks to the announcement of iOS 8 at WWDC – from a bigger screen and camera to health monitoring and more storage.
One thing is for sure, with the Samsung Galaxy S5, LG G3, Sony Xperia Z2 and HTC One M8 now out in wild, Apple needs to be on its game with the new iPhone – and many believe a bigger screen is simply a must.
Apparently there’s new iPad Air and new iPad Mini tablets on the way too
Cut to the chase
What is it? A major revision of the iPhone including entire design
When is it out? September 9 for the launch, September 19 on sale.
What will it cost? Prices are likely to start at around £550 / $650 / AU$869
The iPhone 6 release date is virtually certain for September, which would fit in nicely with the rollout of the newly announced iOS 8.
More exactly, the iPhone 6 launch date momentum has been set for September 9, an idle Tuesday at the start of the month.
The standard launch cycle will be likely followed, which means the Tuesday announcement will be followed by an on-sale release date 10 days later – which means Friday September 19 will be the first time you’ll be able to get your mitts on it.
It’s looking increasingly likely that we’ll see more than one Apple handset this year, with a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and a 5.5-inch phablet – possibly dubbed the iPhone Air or the iPhone 6L – coming alongside. The latter was rumored to be pushed until later in the year, thanks to problems with the battery and production, but recent updates seem to say these have been solved.
TechRadar’s sources have also intimated that both models will launch together, so we’re pretty confident that will happen.
On top of that, the iWatch now looks very likely to appear at the same time, with re/code stating that Apple’s wearable will appear next to one or two phones in September, rather than later in the year (or possibly in 2015) as previously predicted.
The launch could still be split – it makes sense to launch an iPhone Air and iWatch together at an event – but that would be too many in the space of a few months, so an iPhone 6 and iPhone Air dual announcement makes sense.
And it sounds like production is about to start, as the Economic Daily News reports that the 4.7-inch has already gone into production, while the 5.5-inch handset will enter production soon too – so it could be the release dates for the two models are split.