The iPhone 6 release date is reportedly delayed until 2014.
On the heels of a trip to Asia, Jeffries analyst Peter Misek claims the iPhone 6, which he previously claimed will feature a 4.8-inch display, will not launch in 2013.
The iPhone 5S, which many expect to arrive in 2013 is also reportedly delayed as Misek claims issues are pushing production back at least a month. This matches up with claims from Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities who recently estimated a later iPhone 5S release date timed up with the iPad mini 2.
StreetInsider quotes Peter Misek as saying,
After our Asia trip we now think the low-cost iPhone launch could be pushed to CQ4 and have increased confidence that the iPhone 6 will not launch until CY14.
According to Misek’s notes, an iPhone 6 release is much more likely for June 2014. This matches an estimate he provided in February of this year, which calls into question when Jeffries believed Apple was planning an iPhone 6 for 2013.
iPhone 6 Release Date Rumors
That’s not to say we did not hear rumors of an iPhone 6 release in 2013. In February we reported on rumors out of China which claimed Apple was working on an iPhone 5S and an iPhone 6 with a larger screen for a 2013 release. While this rumor didn’t carry much weight, it is not alone.
In early January, Brian White, an analyst with Topeka Capital Markets claimed Apple was planning an iPhone 6 release date for summer 2013 with multiple sizes and even color options. White revised his prediction in early April, claiming we may see a larger screen iPhone 5S in multiple sizes during 2013.
Aside from these rumors, the general iPhone 6 release timing is expected in 2014, based on talk of an iPhone 5S release this summer or fall. A former Apple advisor calls for Apple to skip the iPhone 5S name and release the iPhone 6 this year, but even if Apple takes this advice it would not likely be the larger screen iPhone 6 analysts are discussing for 2014.
iPhone 6 Rumors
The iPhone 6 is reportedly an iPhone with a new design and a larger display. As early as December 2012 we heard of an iPhone 6 with a larger display and a faster processor. The most interesting iPhone 6 prototype also comes from Misek, who claimed that there are several iPhone 6 prototypes in the works.
Read: Best iPhone 6 Concepts
- 4.8-inch Display
- IGZO display technology
- Retina+ Display resolution
- Quad-core Apple A7 processor
- New design
- No Home button
Apple and Sharp are reportedly partnering on IGZO display technology for future iPhones and iPads. An IGZO display delivers better precision touch and longer battery life. An iPhone 6 with a larger display would not need a higher resolution to offer a Retina Display, though it is possible Apple will deliver a higher resolution Retina Display to better compete with the 1080P displays on flagship Android smartphones.
Supply chain rumors point to Apple switching from Samsung to partner with a new supplier for the Apple A7 chip, with an estimated availability in 2014.
The iPhone 6 prototype allegedly does away with the home button, which would allow Apple to offer a larger display in a smaller size. The video above from rishiinamdar shows what an iPhone 6 with a larger display and no home button could like next to an iPhone 5 and an iPhone 4.