Present at the launch of the iPhone 5S and 5C at China Mobile in Beijing, Apple CEO Tim Cook promised that the company would offer on “great things” in 2014.
“We never talk about future things,” he said. “We have great things we are working on, but we want to keep them secret. That way you will be so much happier when you see it.”
In early January Chinese publication Huanqiu reported that the rumored iPhone phablets could be unveiled separately from the iPhone 6 in May, and that the Apple smartphone is expected to launch in September this year.
Also going for a September release was an article by iMore’s Rene Ritchie who actually framed a specific date for the device.
By analyzing the release dates of previous-generation iPhones, Ritchie came to the conclusion that the iPhone 6 could be presented on or around September 9 or 10 this year, with a possible launch date set for September 19.
A report by South China Morning Post indicated that the next iPhone models could arrive in September.
The publication wrote that the two smartphones will feature larger sapphire displays.
Another report about the possible release of two new iPhones with bigger displays later this year came from The Wall Street Journal.
The report noted that the handsets could hit the market in the second half of 2014, and that the smaller 4.5-inch model is being prepared for mass production.
The second, bigger iPhone version would feature a display measuring more than 5 inches, WSJ reported.
A different theory about the release date of the next iPhone concerned a possible summer launch.
Chinese publication Tencent wrote that an iPhone 6 with a 4.7 inch screen with HD resolution could arrive during the summer, after production would officially set off in May.
The larger, 5.7-inch model could be presented in the fall and it could come with a higher screen resolution than previous iPhone generations.
In addition, according to Chinese analyst Sun Changxu, two new iPhones with larger screens of 4.7 inches and 5.7 inches could be unveiled in June.
The smaller model would have a 4.7-inch display with a resolution of 1136 x 640 pixels. The second unit would sport a 5.7-inchscreen with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.
Finally, KDB Daewoo Securities released a report detailing the possible technical specifications of the iPhone 6.
The firm believes Cupertino is likely to release the next iPhones between Q2 and Q3 this year.
The report noted that the smaller unit would feature a 4.7-or 4.8-inch screen, with full HD resolution (1,920 x 1,080 pixels), while the phablet could pack a 5.5-inch 2K “quad HD” screen (2,272 x 1,280 pixels).