Richi Jennings

SURPRISE! iPhone 6 release date earlier than we expected

May 12, 2014 4:56 PM EDT

iPhone 6 release date
Rumor-mill says iPhone 6 release date moved forward.

Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) is said to be readying the next iPhone sooner than expected. Cupertino-watchers point to (ahem) "sources" in Apple's Chinese supply chain who are reporting revised plans.

It looks like we're only talking about the 4.7-inch device, so who knows when the 5.5-inch phablet will be available.

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers also trade tips about the design.

Your humble blogwatcher curated these bloggy bits for your entertainment.

 
Zhan Huizhu's story is found in translation:

Supply chain sources say...Apple decided to change its plan: the smaller iPhone 6 will be released a month early, in August.

According to reports, Foxconn and other assembly plants have received notification that Apple production will be ramping up at the end of June.  MORE


 
Josh Smith has gotta read that:

Shoppers may be able to buy the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 earlier than expected if a new rumor...comes true. ... For months the iPhone 6 release date rumors focused on a typical September release window...but this latest report suggests Apple is gearing up to deliver an iPhone 6 early.

This is the second time we’ve heard that Apple may be planning to shift the iPhone 6...up a month. In March Steve Milunovich, analyst with UBS [said the] release date is likely in August or September. ... Both of these reports focus on the 4.7-inch iPhone 6, with a [5.5" phablet] model coming later in the year.

Shoppers should expect a change in the Apple Back to School 2014 deals [which] typically last into September and always end before a new iPhone is announced.  MORE


 
Although Brooke Crothers notes a wrinkle that others missed:

A widely cited report from Taiwan...said that out of the 80 million iPhone 6 units that the supply chain...expects Apple to sell this year, more than 90 percent...will be for the 4.7-inch model. (That part of the original Chinese-language story was not widely reported.)

That leaves...less than 10 percent for the 5.5-inch phablet. ... One of the most often cited reasons is the high cost and/or lack of availability of sapphire as a display cover material. ... Then there's the reported battery manufacturing issues that are tied to the rumored extreme thinness of the phone.

Let's just hope Apple actually makes the thing and it gets to market before the end of the year.  MORE


 
So Kevin C. Tofel thinks different design:

If the [rumors] are the real deal, expect a thinner iPhone with fewer straight lines and hard edges. Like today’s iPod touch...rounded corners on the back. ... While I like my iPhone 5s, I actually enjoy holding the older iPod touch [because it] doesn’t dig into my hand.

Considering the iPod touch is still one of my favorite devices of all time, I’m all for a new iPhone with iPod touch design elements.  MORE


 
Meanwhile, Ashraf Eassa runs the numbers:

While it's clear that the iPhone 5s had a lot more juice in it than what many of us had believed...Apple would still benefit immensely from launching the iPhone 6 early.

There is no smartphone vendor with the brand cachet and the software ecosystem "stickiness" that Apple has. As the company rolls out products that appeal to an even broader swath of the high end market, it should capture more share. ... Pulling in the iPhone 6 for an August launch...would probably be a smart move.  MORE


 

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