iPhone 6: Release date, rumours, features and news

Update: Apple iPhone 6, iPhone 6 plus and Apple watch launched in slew of new products from Apple

 

As widely rumoured, Apple has unveiled a slew of products, the iPhone 6 and a larger variant the iPhone 6 plus. In another widely rumoured move, the company also unveiled the Apple Watch, a smartwatch range with several variants and styles.

iPhone 6 release date confirmed

September 19th is the confirmed iPhone 6 release date, as predicted by everyone, and the iPhone 6 plus will ship at the same time. The Apple Watch will ship 'early 2015' according to Tim Cook.

Apple might be gearing up to drop not one, not two, but four different iPhone 6 versions, according to a report by GSMarena.

The article makes reference to screen-protector retailer Xtremeguard, a site that lists display covers for the 4.7- and 5.5-in iPhone 6 models as well as two iPhone 6C equivalents.

UPDATE: Pre-orders have been opened up for the iPhone 6 in luxury gold and platinum coats courtesy of Brikk, marking up at around £5000. The ritzy handsets are tipped for a September/October release, which falls in line with current speculation.

Unless Apple dramatically changes course from its release schedule, we’re unlikely to see the iPhone 6 arrive on the scene until September 2014. We're expecting that Apple will drop the iPhone 5C, replacing it as an alternative to the normal iPhone with a slightly larger phabet. It was suggested that Apple could be launching two phablets, but battery problems are said to have delayed the largest 5.5-inch iPhone 6 until 2015.

It's looking increasingly likely September will be the date, thanks to Apple boss Tim Cook confirming Apple's new products will be arriving soon.

Apple iPhone 6 screen size

We got a good look at a purported iPhone 6 sapphire screen earlier this month. Measuring 4.7-in, the crystal display appeared impervious to vlogger Marcus Brownlee's attempts to stab, scratch, and snap the rugged component.

Brownlee goes all out on the iPhone 6 screen

Taiwanese pop star Jimmy Lin's been at it again, and has dropped a new pic of what looks like the 5.5-inch iPhone 6. Check it out here.

Lin's leaked iPhone 6 phablet

Apple's iPhone 6 will launch with a larger screen, that much is certain. How large though is where things start getting a hazey with the web seemingly split between Apple launch two sizes of iPhone or just one.

Throwing its lot in with the notion that Apple will launch just one new handset is this leaked iPhone 6 schematic which shows what appears to be not only a new design for the iPhone but also a single 5-inch display, contradicting previous reports.

As with any and all Apple-based rumour it's important to take what you've just seen with a large mountain of salt, there's no way of proving that this schematic is real.

That said, 9to5 Mac claimed to have gotten hold of an image showing an as yet unverified image of the iPhone 6 chasis sporting a thinner body and what could be a larger 5-inch display.

The image is blurry to be honest and while CTech have certainly had some legitimate leaks in the past there's no telling whether this is actually an iPhone 6 image or just an early prototype from Apple.

If it does prove to be real then it means that the new iPhone would have a significantly smaller body measuring in at around 6.5mm thin.

Recent reports from the Wall Street Journal have indicated that Apple is experimenting with screens ranging from 4.5- to 6-inches. Apple had to be dragged kicking and screaming from its classic 3.5-inch handset to the iPhone 5 and 5S’ 5-inch screen, but speculation suggests it is willing to push closer to the 5-inch screens offered by some of its Android rivals.

According to MacRumors, one analyst has suggested that Apple could be looking to implement a 4.8-inch Retina+ IGZO screen made by Sharp, which will make the iPhone 6 display thinner, brighter and much clearer – boasting better than HD resolutions.

So there you have it, all we know about the one-size-fits-all theory. Now onto the possibility that actually Apple will actually unveil two new handsets in different sizes.

The latest rumour about a larger iPhone 6 comes from Sonny Dickson – the same guy that gave us a sneak peak of the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C ahead of their launch.

The leaked case suggests Apple will be unveiling a 4.7-inch iPhone 6, with slimmer body and newly positioned power button.

The case size reveals that the iPhone 6 could be thinner than the current model and even thinner than the Google Nexus 5.

iPhone 6 case

In March Chinese analyst Sun Changxu told Chinese-language website QQ Tech that Apple will launch the follow up to its flagship smartphone in two large screen sizes.

As well as the addition of larger screen sizes, the company could also move forward the launch date of the phone, according to Sun.

According to Sun, the iPhone 6 will come with a 4.7-inch screen, with a display resolution of 1,136 by 640 pixels. The company would then launch a larger 5.5-inch model shortly afterwards. That's looking increasingly unlikely due to the rumoured issues with the larger model's battery.

He said the company is likely to use the Worldwide Developers Conference in June to launch the handsets.

However, a leaked image that showed up on Chinese forum WeiPhone appeared to show a display for an iPhone 6 model lined up against an iPhone 5S and an iPhone 4S.

Of course, this could be a fake image created by someone who has tampered with and refitted the glass. Or it could be a prototype display that Apple has ordered from Chinese suppliers.

Apple iPhone 6 Price

According to one analyst, Apple has been negotiating with US networks to raise the price they pay for the iPhone 6 by $100 (£60). It is currently unclear if Apple is trying to do the same with UK networks.

The information came to light in Jefferies analyst Peter Misek’s latest investors note, which was released on Monday.

According to Misek, despite an increase in competition from cheaper smartphones, the move could benefit Apple.

“The possibility may at first seem farfetched in light of investor concerns regarding possible carrier subsidy and handset price cuts due to smartphone saturation and lack of differentiation,” Misek said in the note.

“But we think this general lack of differentiation could be the reason why Apple may be able to get a price increase. Carriers realise that the iPhone 6 will likely be the only headline-worthy high-end phone launched this year and that they will lose [subscribers] if they do not offer it.”

Of course, the big question is who will foot the increased bill? According to the analysts, it is extremely unlikely gadget fans will bear the full brunt.

According to Misek’s colleagues at Jefferies, networks in the US are simply not in the position to refuse Apple’s demands. As Mike McCormack and Jerry Dellis commented, networks risk losing customers if they refuse to the new, higher price.

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