Apple reportedly planning mid-September launch for 4.7-inch iPhone 6, 5.5-inch model still up in the air


As we near September, everyone is trying to nail down just when we can expect to see Apple announce their new devices and software for public release. A new report lends credence to a mid-September launch for the 4.7-inch iPhone 6.

According to a report from 9to5Mac, based on information provided from sources familiar with Apple’s plans, the company is “tentatively” planning a launch for the iPhone 6 and iOS 8 in mid-September. This lines up with several previous reports, many of which point to a September 15 announcement date. Of course, nothing is set in stone just yet, and it seems that’s the case internally at Apple as well.

Late on July 22, we heard word that Apple would be staggering the launch of iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, despite their close-knit features, with iOS 8 (and the iPhone 6) seeing the light of day in September, and OS X Yosemite seeing public (and not just beta) release in October. That month is noteworthy, not only for the expected launch of OS X Yosemite, but also the announcement of Apple’s oft-rumored iWatch.

October could also play host to another device’s launch, if these new reports pan out. According to the same sources, the 5.5-inch iPhone 6/Air is still behind the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 in terms of development, and the launch for the biggest iPhone ever could have to wait another month. There have been earlier reports that suggested Apple could delay the 5.5-inch iPhone until 2015, and it seems like that could still be a possibility.

These people say that the second and third weeks of September are the mostly likely weeks for the event to be held, but they add that manufacturing uncertainties could alter the event’s timeframe. A decision has not been finalized, and sources made it clear that the plans are in flux.

Additionally, the report makes note that Apple could be readying up a couple of different betas for iOS 8, with the fifth beta release on August 4, and iOS 8 beta 6 on August 15. That would mean we could see a golden master version of iOS 8 in late August, or early September.

We’ll have to wait and see how it all plays out. Apple is indeed excited about what’s coming down the pipe, especially following their latest quarterly earnings call. Do you think Apple can announce another series of hits later this year?

[via 9to5Mac]