August 6, 2014
Get ready iPhone fans — it looks like Apple will be unveiling its much-anticipated iPhone 6 at a special media event Sept. 9.
According to tech news site Re/Code which, incidentally, has a good track record of predicting Apple launch events, the Cupertino company will debut its next-generation iPhone, which is expected to feature a larger screen and run on speedy new A8 processors.
Bloomberg reported in June that Apple was planning to kick-start production in China this summer on two new iPhones that will feature larger screens.
The turn over, apparently, will be quick, because the report indicated the devices would be ready to ship to retailers in September.
The new iPhone will have a screen that is 4.7 inches by 5.5 inches and the device will be rounder and thinner than the iPhone 5S, sources told Bloomberg. The move toward larger displays is a bid to enable the Cupertino company to better compete with the larger-screened Smartphones from Samsung and HTC.
Rumors of a 5.5-inch iPhone 6 suggest the device will not be available in large numbers due to its use of a sapphire display cover, which is not yet available in large amounts.
According to Japanese website EMSOne, Apple was to speed up production of a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 in July and a 5.5-inch model in September. The report indicated both phones are to be available for purchase in the fourth quarter of 2014, although the 4.7-inch edition will make its debut ahead of the larger device.
Sales of the iPhone have grown expeditiously over the years — from approximately 1.4 million iPhones sold in 2007 to more than 150 million handsets across the globe in 2013, according to Statista. Altogether, Apple has sold more than 400 million new iPhones from 2007 to 2013 and, from 2010 to 2013, the company has held a market share of between 13 and 23 percent worldwide.
Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.