May 9, 2014
Reports Suggest Apple May Release Its Next iPhone Model In August
redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online
The next iPhone could be out one month earlier than most experts have previously predicted, according to Taiwanese media reports suggesting that the sixth-generation smartphone could be unveiled in August.
Citing reports published by the Economic Daily News, Reuters reported Friday that an iPhone 6 with a 4.7-inch screen would be released in August, followed by a 5.5-inch or 5.6-inch model the following month.
The claims have been attributed to unidentified sources in Apple’s supply chain, and Reuters added that individuals within that supply chain had previously confirmed that the smartphone would be available in both screen sizes. The news agency added that attempts to contact the tech giant for comment were unsuccessful.
The speculation as to whether or not there would be a second, larger iPhone – affectionately dubbed the “phablet” by Don Reisinger – have been around for the past several months, the CNET reporter said.
According to Tyler Lee of UberGizmo, the reports could suggest that both devices could be officially announced in August, and that the larger iPhone 6 model would simply be released later. After all, as he pointed out, launching a 4.7-inch model only to announce a larger one shortly thereafter “does not seem fair to customers, especially those who might have preferred the larger iPhone 6 model.”
Display and battery issues are said to be the reasons that the larger phone is expected to be released later, according to Apple Insider. The website also noted that this latest batch of rumors “adds to the near daily stream of supposed parts leaks, mockups and inside information regarding Apple's next iPhone.”
Last month, Apple Insider reported that the larger device was expected to be released during the fourth quarter of the year. Also, earlier this week, published reports had suggested that Taiwanese manufacturing company Pegatron would be responsible for 15 percent of all of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 orders – a break from Apple’s previous reliance on Foxconn when it comes to their premium smartphones.