Bigger, faster, smarter. The iPhone 6 is the most eagerly anticipated smartphone of 2014–and if you believe the rumors it’s easy to see why. Apple will reportedly give fanboys a larger screen, a faster A8 processor and a more advanced camera, all in what’s expected to be a thinner design.
Plenty of people are already clamoring for the purported device, and the rumor mill has churned out potential release dates ranging from summer of this year to a more traditional fall launch. Here’s what we’ve heard so far.
While Apple is known to debut iPhones in the fall, there’s a slim chance we might see at least one variation of the iPhone 6 sooner. With Apple’s WWDC event slated for this June, TechRadar suggests that we might see a big-screen “iPhablet” at that show. With plenty of rumors pointing to an iPhone with a bigger display, this scenario certainly isn’t out of the question. However, we’re already expecting to see iOS 8 and a new MacBook Air at WWDC, so an iPhone reveal would make the show a bit stuffed.
A September iPhone 6 release is more likely, as Apple’s iPhone 5 and 5s were launched in September of 2012 and 2013, respectively. Apple may want to retain the release date to coincide with the impending holiday shopping rush, though a potential $100 price hike might make a few customers think twice. A recent Reuters report claims that the iPhone 6′s 4.7-inch display could enter production as soon as May, which would make a fall launch possible.
While a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 is likely to hit stores this year, the purported 5.5-inch variation could take longer. Based on that same Reuters report, manufacturers are having difficulty using in-cell production technology for the larger body. This obstacle could delay that model’s production window to June, pushing back commercial availability.
While it’s easy to assume that we’ll see the iPhone 6 arrive a year after the 5s, this could be the year Apple decides to shake things up. After all, we’ve heard no shortage of rumors suggesting bigger displays and multiple form factors, which could potentially have separate release dates. Nothing will be certain until Apple’s official announcement, so stay tuned.