The Apple iPhone 6 is arguably the hottest topic in tech space right now, and given the purported redesign and significant size increases in store, it’s no wonder smartphone fans are firmly gripped by another dose of iPhone Fever. While we’ve long since presumed that the handset would arrive in late September, as it ordinarily does, sources out of China have offered a firm date.
Citing industry insiders, Chinese site Tencent believes that the 4.7-inch model will arrive on Friday, September 19th. This is the same date suggested back in May by Deutsche Telekom, and ties in nicely with previous releases. Given that the iPhone almost always retails on a Friday and in September, guessing precisely when the new handset will land isn’t a particularly difficult job, but while two apparently independent sources have given the same date, we still cannot be certain until Apple comes forth with the official announcement.
As well as reiterating the September 19th date, the report also notes that Apple will launch the device in 32GB and 64GB variants, which suggests that the omni-present 16-gig configuration may be scrapped. But while many may fear the omission of the 16GB storage option will drive up prices, Tencent’s own numbers suggest that you might get a 32GB iPhone 6 for the same price as a 16GB iPhone 5s. The report goes on to note that the 32GB version will retail for 5,288 yuan ($846), equaling the price of the entry-level 5s, while the 64GB model, at 6,288 yuan ($1008), will be a mere 200 yuan more than the 32GB iPhone 5s.
The iPhone 6 is expected to spawn a further, larger variant boasting a 5.5-inch display, although said device is apparently subject to delays. Arriving with a reported $100 price premium over its smaller counterpart, the ‘phablet’ model may include one or two perks aside from the increase in real estate including optical image stabilization, but as for a release, we could be looking at October or perhaps even later.
Regardless, it is strongly suspected that both devices will be announced at the same September event, and with talk of iPad refreshes, upgraded Mac hardware and of course, the iWatch, we could be in for a deluge of big revelations from Cupertino in the coming months.
(Source: Tencent [Google Translate])
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