iPhone 6 Pre-Orders Ramp Up Ahead of Release

Early iPhone 6 pre-orders continue to ramp up ahead of the iPhone 6 release date that’s rumored for September.

Next Tuesday, Apple will take the stage at DeAnza College in Cupertino to announce new products. The company still isn’t saying what it will announce but iPhone 6 rumors suggest that the company will show off the new iPhone release in addition to a new wearable, currently dubbed iWatch. It’s there that we expect to hear all about the new iPhone including details about the iPhone 6 specs, iPhone 6 release date, and perhaps, iPhone 6 pre-orders.

Last year, Apple did not offer iPhone 5s pre-orders ahead of its release, something that has helped to put added emphasis and perhaps more eyes on next week’s launch in Cupertino. While consumers in the United States must wait until September 9th to find out about iPhone 6 pre-orders, carriers in China have already begun iPhone 6 pre-orders ahead of its non-existent release date.

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Earlier this week, China Mobile reportedly took well over 30,000 pre-orders for a device that doesn’t even exist yet. The carrier is offering both the rumored 4.7-inch and the 5.5-inch models in the traditional 16GB, 32GB and 64GB storage sizes, although we still don’t know how much storage the iPhone 6 will have when it arrives. Rumors point to a 128GB iPhone 6 but that remains unconfirmed.

Today, competitor China Telecom started taking pre-orders for the iPhone 6 complete with a splash page that features supposed iPhone 6 specs and placeholder images for the device itself.

The pre-order page shows off renders of a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 that the carrier says will be coming with Touch ID, an A8 processor, a 2,000 mAh battery, and a 3MP front-facing camera. All of these iPhone 6 specs are based on iPhone 6 rumors and some of them aren’t even based on firm rumors. For instance, Apple’s iPhone 6 is rumored to have a 1,810 mAh battery, not a 2,000 mAh battery.

The photos on the pre-order page are widely circulated renders based on rumors and not images of the iPhone 6 itself. While the iPhone 6 could look like the device in the photos, that remains unconfirmed.

iPhone 6 pre-orders have begun in China.

iPhone 6 pre-orders have begun in China.

According to TechCrunch, the pre-order page originally listed the device as the “iPhone 6” though the word iPhone is now blurred out. It’s not clear why the carrier blurred the name out though it may have been pressured by Apple. The name of the next iPhone is not yet known though the company’s naming pattern points to an iPhone 6 release.

While Chinese carriers continue to offer early orders for the iPhone 6, official iPhone 6 pre-orders in the United States are non-existent. U.S. carriers typically follow Apple and we likely won’t see pre-order details emerge for the U.S. market until after the company’s September 9th announcement.

On September 9th, familiar iPhone 6 executives will likely take the stage and run down all of the key iPhone 6 specs including the improved design, the new display, the new processor, the new camera, iOS 8, and more. We’re also expecting it to detail the iPhone 6 release date, a date that’s rumored for both mid-September and October.

Here we see a 4.7-inch iPhone 6, 5-inch Galaxy S4 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6.

Here we see a 4.7-inch iPhone 6, 5-inch Galaxy S5 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6.

Apple’s heavily rumored to have two new iPhone 6 models on tap including a 4.7-inch model and a 5.5-inch model. And while the smaller of the two is rumored to be coming out in September, the larger one’s release date still hasn’t been nailed down. Rumors point to an arrival anywhere from September to November ahead of the holidays, specific dates unknown.

The iPhone 6 is expected to arrive alongside iOS 8, the company’s iWatch, and perhaps, a new iPad Air 2. Those rumors of course remain unconfirmed though we should see the company detail many of its plans for the fall in just a few short days.