iPhone 6 release date in September, but 5.5-inch phablet delayed [updated]

What is Apple cooking up?

[You're fired -Ed.]

Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) is starting production on the iPhone 6. Japan's biggest business daily 'newspaper' says so, telling us their 'sources' now 'expect' the device to be 'likely' released in 'September.'

An update from Reuters adds credence to the rumor, giving us hints about production problems: Cupertino has apparently decided on two screen sizes, both bigger than the current generation. However, the larger of the two has been delayed until... uhhh... squirrel!

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers rank the rumors against reality. Not to mention: Hank and John Green finally realize they've been ripping off Ian Shoales for all these years

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Update: Reiji Murai and Edwin Chan confirm that screen production is imminent, citing "supply chain sources":

Suppliers will begin mass producing displays as early as May. [The] 4.7-inch screen likely to be produced first. ... Japan Display Inc, Sharp Corp and South Korea's LG Display Co Ltd have all been tapped to make the screens.

iPhone 6 screens will be larger than the 4.0-inch panels on Apple's existing iPhone. [They] are expected to use in-cell touch panel technology - built into the screen and allowing for thinner construction. ... But [there are] difficulties with in-cell production technology for the larger 5.5-inch size.  MORE


The anonymous Nikkei gnomes, tirelessly toil in the bowels of the news organization, to breathlessly report:

The new phone, expected to be called the iPhone 6, will likely be offered in 4.7- and 5.5-inch versions. ... Manufacturers have apparently begun making such components as fingerprint sensors and chips for liquid-crystal drivers.

production of [LCD] panels will start as early as the April-June quarter. ... The new handset's display resolution is expected to be significantly higher than that of current models.  MORE


G'day, Jonathan Stewart:

iPhone 6 rumours have referenced Apple launching its new iPhone lineup with larger screens since the iPhone 5s was unveiled last year.

Whether there is any truth to the reports, Apple’s smartphone competition continues to release new phones with displays significantly above the iPhone 5s’ four inches. ... The HTC One (M8) [has] a 5in display and Samsung’s Galaxy S5...includes a 5.1in display.  MORE


Brooke Crothers triangulates rumors from others: [You're fired -Ed.]

A report on Wednesday...said battery suppliers have received orders from Apple for the future iPhone.

On Monday, UBS analyst Steve Milunovich said his checks with the chain of suppliers suggest the iPhone 6 is most likely to arrive in August or September [claiming] a larger model with a 5.5-inch display "may or may not launch" at the same time.  MORE


But is it true? Darrell Etherington notes the sources have form:

While it’s risky to go trusting rumors about iPhone launches this early, the...report has a few things that make it ring true. First, the...screen sizes have been reported previously. ... Also, Nikkei reported last year that the iPhone 5s and 5c would launch September 20 in Japan before either was officially announced, which was exactly when they did end up arriving.

Critics have long called for Apple to release devices with larger screen sizes. ... We’ll likely have to wait for fall to find out for sure, but for now, start stretching out those thumbs.  MORE


Brandon Russell brands this one a meh:

Nothing of real substance is added to the rumor mill [but it] does corroborate many previous reports we’ve been hearing. ... We’ve heard that Apple could market the higher resolution displays as Ultra Retina, though...Milunovich believes that...the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 [is] delayed until an unknown timeframe.

The most recent rumors have claimed the device will offer a myriad of sensors, including temperature, pressure and humidity, hinting that Apple has plans beyond increasing real estate. ... [But it's] still months away, though the rumors are already kicking into high gear. Patents filed by Apple are...suggesting Apple is gearing up for a pretty substantial release.  MORE


Meanwhile, putting the "irn" into "irony", Chris Marshall is made from girders:

Really, another iPhone in September?!?!? Who would have believed it, these guys should get paid the mega bucks for predicting this stuff, I mean, seriously, wow, no way could any average Joe have predicted this... its... mind-blowing.  MORE

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