A new report from Taiwan’s Industrial & Commercial Times claims production on the first of two iPhone 6 models will begin as early as July, pointing to a Sept. launch for the rumored 4.7-inch iPhone. A larger 5.5-inch iPhone allegedly won’t enter production until the fall, suggesting a staggered product cycle for the iPhone 6.
The news follows a recent report from Reuters suggesting that production on the rumored iPhablet could be delayed due to production issues around the larger display. Regardless of whether the decision to stagger the release dates for the two rumored iPhone models is intentional or a supply chain problem, it could still play out in Apple’s favor. Samsung and other competing phone-makers already release multiple flagship phones throughout the year in an effort to capitalize on the long stretch of downtime between Apple’s yearly product launches.
The iPhone 6 is still just a rumor, but based on the usual sources an image of the device is beginning to take form. The upcoming smartphone will allegedly offer a larger display with little to no bezel. Apple is also expected to use more sapphire in the design this year, possibly as a replacement for its traditional glass screens, and offer Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) calling. Meanwhile, iOS 8 is likely to emphasize new apps focused on health and fitness.
We won’t know anything for sure until later this year when Apple make its official announcement, though once production on the iPhone 6 begins it probably won’t be long before its hardware starts leaking out online.