There isn’t much non-WWDC news around at the moment, and even when there is some, it’s still tangentially related. Take the news that the next iPhone is apparently going to ship on September 25th as prime example that Apple is never too far away from making the headlines.
While it’s almost common knowledge that a new iPhone will land around September or October time at this point, UK carrier Vodafone is apparently absolutely sure of not just the month of the next iPhone’s release, but also the date. September 25th, with pre-orders starting a week prior on September 18th.
In an email allegedly sent to news site MobileNews, a Vodafone employee has confirmed that the new iPhone will be available to buy from September 25th, though pre-orders will begin a week earlier as has become customary with Apple’s iPhone launches. The leak doesn’t say what the new iPhone will be called, but the smart money right now is on Apple launching both an iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus in order to give both of its current flagship smartphones a speed bump. New processors, potentially increased memory and maybe even Force Touch are on the cards, though we won’t find out for sure until Apple unveils something come late August or early September.
It’s unclear at this point – and the Vodafone leak doesn’t help here – whether Apple will be announcing a replacement for the iPhone 5c later this year either. Now starting to show its age a little and certainly not selling quite as well as Apple perhaps hoped, the iPhone 5c could stand for a refresh if only to offer an option to those wishing to buy a smaller iPhone. Again, we don’t expect to know either way until towards the end of the year.
As for the supposed Vodafone leak, we really wouldn’t want to say whether it is accurate or not. The timescales certainly line up with what would be expected, but that also means that the leak is very easy to fake too. Time will tell, but if the information is indeed duff, we doubt it’s too wide of the mark anyway.
Back in May, we came across a rumor that suggested that the iPhone 6s release date is set for September, with August being the month which will see the handset(s) being announced.