Japanese business newspaper Nikkei reports that Apple’s iPhone 6 will launch as early as this September. The paper essentially regurgitates every rumor we’ve heard up until this point, saying there could potentially be two sizes, 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch, and that manufacturers have already started production. Nothing of real substance is added to the rumor mill by Nikkei, though the paper does corroborate many previous reports we’ve been hearing.
Here’s what Nikkei had to say:
Manufacturers have apparently begun making such components as fingerprint sensors and chips for liquid-crystal drivers.
Mass production of LCD panels will start as early as the April-June quarter at Sharp’s Kameyama factory, Japan Display’s Mobara plant, and at other facilities, according to sources. LG electronics will supply panels as well. The new handset’s display resolution is expected to be significantly higher than that of current models.
We’ve heard that Apple could market the higher resolution displays as Ultra Retina, though analyst Steve Milunovich believes that only the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 will make an appearance this year, with the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 apparently delayed until an unknown timeframe. Earlier this month a rumor claimed iPhone 6 would begin production in Q2, lining up with Nikkei’s report.
While most attention has been focused on the iPhone 6’s screen size, the most recent rumors have claimed the device will offer a myriad of sensors, including temperature, pressure and humidity, hinting that Apple has plans beyond increasing real estate. Much of the focus could hinge on Apple’s health-tracking aspirations, as detailed in an early look at Healthbook, though that has to do more with wearables and the functionality of iOS 8.
Apple’s iPhone 6 is still months away, though the rumors are already kicking into high gear. Patents filed by Apple are even starting to pop up, suggesting Apple is gearing up for a pretty substantial release later this year. No doubt we’ll see many more rumor popup between now and September.