It has been widely speculated that Apple will launch the highly anticipated iPhone 6 is September.
MacRumors now claims that according to their source who cited an internal Apple Retail Store meeting, Apple won’t launch the next generation iPhone in September, but will launch the new iPhones in October this year.
The report claims that according to their source, Apple could launch iPhone 6 on a Tuesday, October 14th. The source also claimed that October would be an extremely busy month for Apple.
The launch of the new iPhones on a Tuesday would be a major change in Apple’s rollout plans, as it has historically launched new iPhone models on a Friday. Last year, Apple launched the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c on Friday, September 20th. It also launched the iPhone 5 in 2012 on Friday, September 21st.
The report also claims that Apple will unveil iPhone 6 on a Tuesday, September 16, almost a month before it goes on sale. This would also be a major shift in strategy, as Apple has kept a gap of approximately 9-10 days between the unveiling of the new iPhone, and its launch. The report notes Apple may launch the new iPhones on a Tuesday due to high demand and “ample supply due to a large production effort”.
MacRumors had earlier reported that according to their sources Apple was planning to announce iPhone 6 in early September, followed by the launch later in the month.
It is not clear if Apple will launch both the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 in October. Recent rumors have indicated that the launch of the larger 5.5-inch iPhone 6 may be delayed to the end of the this year or early next year.
An October launch does not make sense as it would have an adverse impact on Apple’s Q3 and Q4 financial results, which have traditionally got a boost thanks to the launch of the new iPhones. The launch of the new iPhones in October would mean that Apple would end up selling fewer iPhones in Q3 and potentially even Q4, though strong demand for the larger iPhone models could compensate for the late launch in Q4.
iPhone 6 is also expected to include Apple’s new A8 processor, Touch ID fingerprint sensor, and an improved 8-megapixel camera.
What do you think about the possibility of the iPhone 6 launch in October?[via MacRumors]