iPhone 6 release date
The iPhone 6 release date is virtually certain for September, which would fit in nicely with the rollout of the newly announced iOS 8.
More exactly, the iPhone 6 release date momentum has now gathered pace around September 9, an idle Tuesday at the start of the month.
Apple has launched the last few iPhones at a special event in September, so the smart money has always been on September 2014 for the iPhone 6's arrival - followed by a new iPad Air launch in October.
Not to mention the fact that according to ifun.de Apple is restricting holidays during September for employees at German Apple Stores, which strongly suggests a new hardware launch then.
It's looking increasingly likely that we'll see more than one Apple handset this year, with a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and a 5.5-inch phablet - possibly dubbed the iPhone Air or the iPhone 6L - coming alongside. The latter was rumored to be pushed until later in the year, thanks to problems with the battery and production, but recent updates seem to say these have been solved.
TechRadar's sources have also intimated that both models will launch together, so we're pretty confident that will happen.
The launch could still be split - it makes sense to launch an iPhone Air and iWatch together at an event - but that would be too many in the space of a few months, so an iPhone 6 and iPhone Air dual announcement makes sense.
iPhone 6: The latest leaked photos
There have been plenty of leaked photos of the iPhone 6 already, just scroll though this article to see a sample. However, the latest ones are the most convincing yet. They've been sent toTechRadar and show the iPhone 6 complete with the retail box which it will ship in. They apparently come from a beta tester and the site has 'no reason to believe' they are fake.
iPhone 6 release date: When is iPhone 6 coming out?
We've been covering iPhone launches since 2007, which has stood us in good stead for predicting what to expect from Apple this year. The company hasn't launched a new iPhone outside of the five months between June and October - with a particular foundness for September. We're in that five-month window, so expect iPhone 6 talk to heat up from now (as if it's not hot enough already!) See also: iPad 6 release date, price, specs, new features.
While the history books suggest that there will be an new iPhone 6 release date around September/October 2014, rumours did suggest that Apple would launch the next generation iPhone at its WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference) keynote on 2nd June. Apple instead used the event to unveil iOS 8 and OS X 10.10 Yosemite. See also: iWatch release date & rumour round-up
Update: A new launch date of 9th September has been outed by re/code which says Apple has scheduled a big media event for that day. "As with September events past, the focal point of this one is to be Apple's next-generation iPhones" says the site which founded by former Wall Street Journalists Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher.
September, September, September
The Mirror is reporting that the iPhone 6 will launch on September 19th in 32GB and 64GB, citing a report. Plus, the website MacRumors has slated a release for the third Friday in September which is in line with previous launches.
Another rumour, this one from unidentified supply-chain sources who spoke with Taiwanese media, is that the iPhone 6 will now launch in August, according to Reuters. That's a month earlier than we expected and a little unusual. The reports also suggest that a larger model with a5.5- or 5.6in screen will then arrive in September, but again, the idea that Apple will launch two iPhones so close together seems unlikely.
See also: Why there won't be an iPhone 6C in 2014
A recent iPhone 6 release date rumour to arrive, and one that we think is probably true, is that Apple employees have been told that they are not able to take some specific dates in September as holiday. That's usually a sign that something big is coming on those days, so we're fully expecting it'll be the iPhone 6.
In fact, German carrier Deutsche Telekom has been telling Apple blogthat the iPhone 6 will be released on 19th September, after being unveiled by Apple on 9 September, which seems like a safe guess to us.
This has now been backed up by Chinese web portal Tencent (via MacRumours) citing inside sources. It also touts 19th September for a launch while giving some information on specs (see below).
In July, a slightly dubious rumour from a MacRumors source suggested that the iPhone 6 would actually become available to buy on the 14th October, after a 16th September announcement. It seems odd that Apple would leave almost a month between the device's unveiling and the release date, as it usually releases its products around 10 days after their announcement. It's also a departure from Apple's usual Friday release date, as 14th October will be a Tuesday.
However, it is possible that Apple is experiencing some issues with production of the iPhone 6, and that it fears consumers will decide to purchase a rival device if no iPhone is unveiled in the expected month of September.
5.5in iPhone 6 delayed until 2015
KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (via Apple Insider), says that the 5.5in model could be delayed until 2015 - or late in the fourth quater at best. This is due to technical problems with the phone's in-cell touch panel, as well as colour unevenness on the redesigned iPhone 6 metal casing.
Although similar problems are thought to be occurring on the 4.7in model, this will launch first with the 5.5in model to follow, according to Kuo.
iPhone 6 scam
The iPhone 6 absolutely hasn't launched yet, though, so don't be fooled by the most recent scam that's being emailed out to thousands of people from a convincing email address. The email, from firstname.lastname@example.org, says "The wait is over" and tells recipients that they can buy the iPhone 6 today. All they need to do is follow the links and fill out their Apple ID and password details. Please don't be fooled by this scam - it's a phishing site so entering your details will compromise your confidential details stored within your Apple account.