iPhone 6s/7 rumored 9/9 launch date, but shipments delayed

Is it really August already? Ming-Chi Kuo and co. think so.

iPhone 6s release date
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The iPhone 6s launch date will be September 9, according to unnamed, super-secret-squirrel "sources."

But it's been "delayed." However, it'll have speed to KILL for. That's the analysis of analysts, anyway. 

So there's only a month to wait for Tim and chums to unveil the new shiny. Or perhaps longer, if the deep-throats are wrong. Good grief.

As we head towards the iPhone 6s release date, brace yourself for more 'informed' speculation, rumor and innuendo.

Yep, it's that time of year again, fanbois: We're now in the annual August desert, when you must gird your loins and wish for something more concrete to talk about.

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers analyze analysts' analysis. Not to mention: If you're a vegetarian, please don't watch this...

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[Updated 11:21 am and 2.59 pm PDT with more comment]

Patrick Seitz seitzes the opportunity (to bait clicks): [You're fired -Ed.]

The must-have feature of Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) ninth-generation iPhone could be its super-speedy, power-efficient main processor...says Srini Sundararajan, a semiconductor industry analyst with Summit Research...in a research report.

The A9 chip in the iPhone 6S will offer performance "to kill for," he said.

"The A9 processor will likely be 20% more powerful, 12-15% smaller in size and 35% more power-efficient." ... "The 6S will have better computational horsepower, which will make every function better." ... "Which means a lot of programs will be faster and have better stability."  MORE

And Neil Hughes looks east (at Switzerland):

A new research note published...by [UBS] analyst Steven Milunovich [says] iPhone growth over the last four years has been 73 percent, 20 percent, 13 percent, and an estimated 35 percent this year. He expects the upward trajectory will continue in fiscal 2016, led by the "iPhone 6s."

[He] suggests demand for the iPhone remains strong, even ahead of a new product launch, which caused [him] to increase his forecast from 46...to 49 million units. ... In the same period a year ago...Apple shipped a then-record 39 million.  MORE

So Adam Mills triangulates the analysis (and the "evidence"):

Thanks to a mountain of evidence (and analyst predictions), it looks like the company might have two new iPhones up its sleeve. [Apple is] planning to release two new iPhone models that are currently dubbed iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo told investors that Apple was planning to start production in August ahead of a release in September. ... Apple has historically released its iPhone on Friday which means that September 11th, September 18th and September 25th are all options.

Analysts believe that Apple’s new iPhones will come with a number of new features including improved cameras, a new processor, more RAM, and...Force Touch.  MORE

Force Touch, you say? Yoni Heisler has more on that:

It’s a safe bet that Force Touch will be one of the key selling points on the upcoming iPhone 6s. [It] will open up entire new possibilities for user interaction. ... Force Touch gestures have the potential to make an already intuitive user experience that much more efficient.

As for a release date, we’ve seen some rumors suggesting that Apple’s new iPhone models will hit store shelves on September 25th.

In addition to Force Touch, there are rumors that [they] will sport an improved Touch ID sensor along with an improved 12 megapixel camera. ... Apple will likely have yet another hit on its hands.  MORE

Update 2: Did you say "Friday"? John Paczkowski pokes fun at that rubric:

Sources familiar with Apple’s plans tell [us it] intends to hold a special event the week of Sept. 7, with Wednesday the 9th being the most likely date. ... Like Apple fall events past, this one too will focus on the company’s next-generation iPhones.

Apple spokesperson Trudy Muller declined comment on its fall event plans.  MORE

But what about the "c" model? Not tonight, Josephine Lien:

Apple is not expected to launch a successor to the iPhone 5c this year, but will instead introduce [it] in second-quarter 2016 with the devices coming with 14/16nm FinFET chips, according to sources.

The original plan was to equip the devices with chips built using TSMC's 20nm SoC process, said the sources, but the adoption of FinFET processors would enable specs upgrade and lower power consumption.  MORE

Meanwhile, Chuck Jones spikes the stock (which he owns, BTW):

Apple’s shares are down over 12% in the two weeks since the company reported [its] quarter results.

The next data point...should be the announcement of the iPhone 6s. ... So far the speculation has not revealed any blockbuster feature that I believe will generate the number of sales that the iPhone 6 did last year. ... I believe it will be very tough to beat last years 10 million of the larger screen iPhones. 

If you are a long-term investor there are some positives. ... RSI (Relative Strength Index)...and the MACD (Moving Average Convergence Divergence)...are showing a very oversold situation in Apple’s shares [which] are trading at pretty compelling levels. The stock is trading at a 12.6x PE multiple of...average EPS estimate of $9.12.  MORE

Update 1: CNA heard one analyst's re-analysis: [in translation]

KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo expected that the new iPhone will be in mass production in late August. ... In his latest report, Ming-Chi Kuo said that the new iPhone production schedule is about 1-2 weeks longer than the original estimate.

Chinese mainland media earlier quoted the...Zhengzhou factory workers [saying the] plant is working overtime.  MORE

Alan Friedman ponders the D-word:

Ming-Chi Kuo is known for his extremely accurate forecasts. ... According to Kuo, mass production of the Apple iPhone 6s and Apple iPhone 6s Plus have been delayed by one to two weeks. ... With the delay, the new phones will start mass production late this month.

Despite the delay...there won't be any changes made to the dates when Apple introduces and then launches. ... The unveiling is rumored to be taking place at an event to be held on September 11th and the phones will be released on September 18th.  MORE

Meh. Heard it all before. Let's stop Brad Reed:

Stop us if you’re heard this one before: A highly anticipated Apple product hits a production setback in the weeks leading up to its launch.

It wouldn’t be too surprising to see some shortages of some models at launch since that’s what seems to happen with just about every new iPhone.  MORE

And Finally...
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