The iPhone 6 release date will take place in September according to a new report which arrived shortly before a leaked schematic shows possible iPhone 6 dimensions, for an iPhone with a larger screen.
iPhone 6 release date rumors are a hot topic this month and so far almost every rumor points to the fall. This is also the second major iPhone 6 leak pointing to a possible size in March.
Apple iPhone 6 rumors are just getting started and while there are a lot of rumored details and specs, there are a lot of things we don’t know or that rumors are not conclusive enough to believe.
There is no confirmation that Apple is working on a new iPhone or an iPhone with a larger screen, but the annual release cycle is well-known and Apple will need a new device to compete with the refreshed Samsung Galaxy S5 and the new HTC One M8. The fact that Apple is working on a new iPhone for 2014 is not up for debate, but what the iPhone 6 will look like, what features it will bring and how big the screen is are topics that eager consumers want to know about.
The latest iPhone 6 release date rumors comes from Nikkei, an Asian business publication with a goal of sharing insights about business and technology in Asia and abroad. This leak is more like a Wall Street Journal report than a random Chinese social media posting.
Citing Apple suppliers, the publication claims the iPhone 6 release date is possible as early as September 2014. This is the same month the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5 releases took place, and in line with many other iPhone 6 rumors. The report focuses on Apple suppliers that make LCD panels for a new iPhone. These sources state that the new device, called the iPhone 6, will feature a 4.7-inch display and another model will feature a 5.5-inch display.
In addition to a larger display, Sharp and LG will be making a panel for an iPhone 6 with a higher resolution. Apple has not significantly upgraded the iPhone resolution since the iPhone 4. A small boost when the iPhone 5 screen jumped to 4-inches in size only pushed the resolution to 640 x 1136, while competing smartphones with bigger displays shot to 1280 x 720 and then 1920 x 1080, which is a common HDTV resolution. A Retina+ or Retina HD resolution would pack more pixels on a screen for an overall better looking iPhone 6 display.
Apple is already working with suppliers to manufacture Touch ID chips and controllers for the iPhone 6 display, according to the Nikkei source.
The iPhone 6 dimensions come from Nowhereelse.fr, which is the source of several iPhone leaks each year. This leak shows a schematic or blueprint for lining up a machine that will etch an Apple logo in the back of an iPhone 6 with room for a larger display, according to the report. It is possible that this is a fake or a part of a scheme to make a knock off. The blueprint shown above shows two sets of dimensions, listed below compared to the iPhone 5s.
- 150 x 85mm
- 136 x 78mm
- 123.8 x 586.mm
These are slightly smaller than the iPhone 6 dimensions leaked by Japanese Apple blog Macotakara in early March. The dimensions are plausible for larger screens like the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models rumored for the fall, but are far from conclusive. The image below shows how this compares to the iPhone 5s and previous leaks.
The iPhone 6 is likely to feature a new design to go with the larger screen, and will very likely incorporate iOS 8 and new features that Apple will tease at a June developer conference. Read March iPhone 6 rumor roundup to catch up on the 10 most important rumors of the month.