iPhone 6 rumours began just days after the launch of the iPhone 5s, but with less than two weeks to go until the expected iPhone 6 release date, speculation is hotting up and evidence is mounting rapidly. We've been assessing all the iPhone 6 rumours as they come in, and have collected the best in this iPhone 6 rumour round-up for you. When will the iPhone 6 come out? Will it be joined by an iPhone Air? Read on to find out about the latest iPhone 6 release date rumours, plus clues about the new iPhone's specs and features and convincing leaked images.
UPDATED 29 August 2014: Apple has confirmed that it will be holding an event on 9 September 2014, as expected, Apple is sure to unveil the iPhone 6 then. Read on to see the invitation sent out by the company on 28 August, including interesting details about the venue. Plus find out more about what to expect from the iPhone 6 including claims that the new 'space grey' iPhone 6 will have slightly lighter colour than the current iPhone 5s, claims that NFC will feature in the iPhone 6, a new charger said to charge the battery quicker, and claims that the successor to the M7 chip will be a Phosphorus co-processor. Read on to find out more!
We've got five juicy pages worth of iPhone 6 rumours here for you to delve into. Each page is overflowing with speculation, images and evidence that help paint a picture of what we can expect from Apple's next iPhone. If there's something in particular you're looking for, you can follow the links below to be transported to the relevant page. Alternatively, sit back, relax and take in all the information about the iPhone 6 at your leisure. Read more about the Apple iPhone event scheduled for 9 September.
New iPhone 6 release date: When will the iPhone 6 come out?
It’s confirmed! Apple will be holding an event on 9 September 2014, as anticipated. We are 99.9 percent certain that this will be the launch of the iPhone 6.
Apple has sent invitations our to members of the press saying no more than:
“9.9.2014. Wish we could say more.”
The event, which will commence at 10am San Francisco time (6pm in the UK) will be held in the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino, rather than Apple’s usual venue of the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco.
It is significant that Apple has changed the venue. The Flint Center has capacity for nearly 3,000 people, which is a lot more than the usual Yerba Buena Center, which houses 700. This suggests that Apple intends to invite a lot more press, analysts and industry people than usual. The venue has historical significance as the venue where Apple unveiled the Macintosh back in 1984, introduced an iMac in 1999, and earlier this year Apple held an event at the Flint Centre to celebrate the launch of the Mac 30 years previously.
Apple also appears to be erecting a two-story building in the grounds where they will be hosing the event on 9 September. It is thought that the building will house the ‘hands on’ area where journalists get to try out the new products.
The iPhone line-up gets refreshed roughly once a year. The iPhone 6 is therefore likely to launch in September 2014, around a year later than the iPhone 5s andiPhone 5c, which were unveiled on 10 September 2013 and hit the shelves on 20 September. If Apple follows the same pattern as last year the phone will be previewed at a event on 9 September, and available to buy on the 19 September.
However, Apple has been known to stray from the cycle. In fact the company used announce iPhones in the summer. More recently, the iPhone 4S was announced on 4 October. This was around the time Steve Jobs passed away, and it is also possible that other factors delayed that launch.
Whenever the iPhone 6 arrives, it's expected to be a big one, both in size and popularity. According to research firm ISI, we're about to see "the 'mother lode' of all Apple upgrade cycles" when Apple releases two new iPhones with bigger screens this year. It's thought that iPhone 6 sales may be 20 per cent higher than iPhone 5s.
Apple has allegedly placed a huge order for 70 to 80 million 4.7in and 5.5in iPhones by year end, which is more than the 50 to 60 million iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c orders that are believed to have been placed by Apple last year.
That's according to The Wall Street Journal, which claims Apple has asked component makers to prepare for up to 120 million iPhones in case there is a higher failure rate for the larger displays.
In yet more evidence of a September launch date, it's believed that Apple retail stores have begun blacking out holiday dates for employees in September, which is usually a sign that something big is coming on those dates – probably the iPhone 6. That's according to iFun, which cites anonymous sources in its report that suggests a September launch for iPhone 6. It's believed that iPhone 6 production has already begun, and that Apple manufacturer Foxconn has hired 100,000 new employees to help build the device.
It's possible that an explosion in early August at a metal-polishing plant in China could mean that the iPhone 6's release is delayed, however. Read more about the possibility of iPhone 6 delays below.
Some analysts and Apple watchers had suggested that the iPhone 6 would arrive at Apple's WWDC event, but Apple didn't announce any hardware during the event, sticking to showing off iOS 8 and OS X 10.10 Yosemite instead.
iPhone 6 rumours: First look
New photographs that emerged mid-August appear to show us our first look at a fully assembled iPhone 6. To see more leaked photos of the iPhone 6, visit our iPhone 6 leaked images page!
iPhone 6 predictions: Isn't Apple too secretive for us to know anything?
Second-guessing Apple is traditionally a mug's game, but the legendarily secretive company has eased up under Tim Cook, and almost all the announcements at its September 2013 press event had been correctly predicted beforehand. (Admittedly, plenty of predictions had been made that didn't come true, but pretty much everything that was announced came as no surprise to Apple rumour followers.)
Particularly accurate were the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s rumours, many of which were completely true, including new iPhone colours and new features of the iPhones. Even the fingerprint sensor was discussed in the lead up to the event.
iPhone 6 launch date on EE, O2, Three, Vodafone and other UK networks
The release date of the iPhone 6 on contract from UK networks including EE, O2, Three and Vodafone may differ slightly from the 19 September release expected for the iPhone 6 if you want to buy it outright from Apple. We'll bring you everything you need to know about the iPhone 6 on each different carrier, but for now, you can take a look at our test of the best 3G/4G mobile networks for iPhone in the UK.
There may actually be more than one new phone, with different availability dates for both models. One rumoursuggested that Apple may decide to launch the 4.7in iPhone 6 in August, followed by a bigger, 5.5in model in September. These rumours come from Taiwan's Economic Daily News, which claims that unnamed supply-chain sources say an August iPhone event is possible.
Reports claim that the 5.5in iPhone, which has been widely rumoured since the beginning of the year, will be called the 'iPhone Air'. Find out more about the rumourediPhone Air here.
It is certainly possible that Apple will unveil both new iPhones at the same event with the first, smaller model becoming available to buy sooner than the 5.5in model, which would go on sale slightly later. We have heard rumours that suggest the bigger iPhoneis delayed due to shortages of certain parts. Last year the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c were available on the 20 September, but it was possible to order the iPhoen 5c in advance, and stock of the iPhone 5s was seriously constrained for some time, particiularly the gold model.
There may even be an iPhone 6c to replace the iPhone 5c, although we think it more likely that the iPhone 5c will replace the iPhone 4s as Apple's low-cost iPhone option.
Some people will never be happy, and calls for Apple to launch a new iPhone - specifically one with a bigger screen - have been ongoing. Over the months many have said that September is not soon enough for the new iPhone 6.
Some of the calls for Apple to release its new iPhone 6 earlier than the usual September time frame came from Sony's mobile chief, Pierre Perron. Perron told The Inquirer: Apple is "missing out" by only releasing yearly iPhone refreshes, instead of flooding the market with incremental updates every few months. Perron believes that people will always want the most up to date phone and technology moves more rapidly than a yearly cycle allows.
Forbes contributor Chuck Jones also suggested that Apple shouldn't wait until September to announce the iPhone 6, because competition means the company is losing sales to competitors with bigger-screened smartphones.
"'Large-screen envy' is prevalent among the iPhone installed base and we believe a 5in form-factor iPhone would spark a massive upgrade cycle as well as many 'Android switchers' returning back to the iPhone," said ISI. Samsung has been playing on the idea of screen envy in the latest in a string of Apple-bashing ads, this time talking about the iPhone 6. Look closely and you might spot a familiar website. Cheeky Samsung.
An Apple fan and blogger in Japan was keen to be first in line for the iPhone 6, so actually turned up outside an Apple Store in Ginza to wait for the new iPhone to launch months ago. However, his wait was short-lived, as he soon discovered he might have to wait for seven months, an idea that seems to have put him off.
There's no solid evidence to suggest a price for the iPhone 6. However, we'd expect it to sell at a similar price point as the iPhone 5s, which starts at £549.
However, a somewhat suspicious report from InfoTales suggests that the iPhone 6's price tag could be $50 to $100 (£30 - £60) higher due to a larger screen. Susquehanna International Group analyst Chris Caso believes that Apple could "get away with" increasing the price of the iPhone because Samsung's Galaxy S series is now in the same price bracket.
In April, Jefferies analyst Peter Misek suggested that Apple plans to increase the price of the iPhone by $100 (£60) with the iPhone 6. "Apple has started negotiating with carriers on a $100 iPhone 6 price increase," Misek said, according toInvestors.com. "There seems to be an admission that there is no other game-changing device this year. We think Apple might be able to get at least some of the increase, with the additional costs split between the carrier and consumer."