Apple iPhone 6 Set for September Release?
Rumours of a September release for the iPhone 6 gained further traction as reports of Apple Store staff in Germany being barred from taking holidays on this month begin to surface.
This, according to the anonymous source, is to ensure there are enough hands available to deal with the expected deluge of buyers of Apple’s flagship smartphone. A September release will see Apple stay true to its traditional release date as the iPhone 5 and 5S were launched on similar dates in 2012 and 2013 respectively.
Earlier reports had suggested that the hotly anticipated Apple device would hit the market as early as August with a Taiwanese iPhone manufacturing franchise being quoted as among the sources of this leak.
However, respected Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has lent his weight to the reports of Apple sticking with tradition and launching by the second week of September with the gadgets being made available for purchase a few weeks later.
He also confirmed reports that there will be 4.7 inch and 5.5 inch versions of the iPhone 6, each of which will have a different screen resolution. Kuo further added that the entry of these new models will coincide with the phasing out of the iPhone 4 and 4S. The halt in production of these models, released in 2010 and 2011 respectively, will allow Apple to price down the iPhone 5 and 5S.
This means that the new iPhone will retail in the range of £529 for the 32GB model and £599 for the 64GB version.
Further hints of Apple persisting with its favoured September launch date can be found in the financial report of GT Advanced which has been contracted to manufacture the Sapphire glass for the iPhone 6.
This report indicates that most of the company’s revenue for 2014 will be realised in the second half of the year.
It is also known that from July the company will embark on producing the Sapphire glass for shipping to China where the phone will be put together. Following this chain of events, a September is looking more and more like the most plausible time of release.
There have however been unconfirmed reports saying that the unavailability of suitable batteries for the 5.5 inch model might result in production delays.
The Electronic Daily News has reported that Apple intends to make 80 million pieces of the iPhone 6 this year alone.