The arrival of Apple’s 5.5-inch iPhone 6 might not occur until December of this year at the earliest—a release that will supposedly coincide with the iWatch. We’ve heard conflicting release dates in the past, but today’s report comes from a source that’s been accurate before, so it could very well indicate what to expect over the next few months.
Coming out of China’s Weibo, a source known as Old Yao claims Apple’s larger device is still marred by production issues, and isn’t expected to hit mass production until September at the earliest. Yao cites supply chain sources, and bases his estimates on factory activity; he doesn’t appear to be hearing this straight from an Apple executives or any other high-ranking official, so his information could be inaccurate.
That being said, Yao apparently predicted the launch of the iPhone 5s last year, and was one of the first to report the iPhone 6 was going to get an even larger screen. The rumors surrounding this year’s launch has been all over the map, and it seems like everyday we hear a conflicting report about the larger iPhone 6’s possible arrival. For that matter, it’s still very unclear when the iWatch will launch, though we have been hearing an event is set for October.
It would be unusual for Apple to launch a product so deep into the holiday period, especially with reports suggesting supply could be severely limited. Production for the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 has already supposedly started, with an event expected in mid-September. Meanwhile, we’re still not sure how the iWatch will shape up—a recent rumor claimed we might see three different iWatch models.
Producing three models, including two new larger iPhones, would no doubt put strain on any supply chain, so perhaps the December estimation is accurate. Of course, that’s not something we’ll know for sure until Apple starts unveiling its future later this fall.