Citing Taiwan’s Industrial and Commercial Times, EMSOne reported that mass production of the 4.7-inch iPhone could kick off in July, and in September for the second model with a 5.5-inch display.
The news apparently confirmed the availability of the device in two versions, in line with recent speculation.
In a detailed research note, KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo laid out his predictions for the next Apple devices.
The analyst believes two new iPhones will be launched by Apple, one equipped with a 4.7-inch display planned for September and a second with a screen of 5.5 inches which would be released in December.
The new smartphones would be much thinner, with side bezels reduced by 10-20%.
Other specs include 1GB of RAM, an A8 processor, NFC chips, Touch ID and a bigger battery for the 5.5-inch model.
The power/sleep/wake button could be relocated to the side to make one-handed operation easier and sapphire crystal might be used instead of Gorilla Glass, Kuo says.
He expects the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 to launch late in Q3 and the phablet model in the fourth quarter.
Citing talks with Chinese mobile operators who say there has been a sense of “disappointment” regarding the iPhone 5S that comes with a small display, Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Brian White believes the iPhone 6 needs to pack a 5-inch display in order to increase its popularity on the Chinese market.
Several leaked cases this week gave a glimpse into the possible design of the iPhone 6.
Leaked photos of the iPhone 6 cases posted on MobileFun seemed to confirm rumors about the existence of two iPhone models.
There were also several new features that suggested the smartphone could bring changes in the design, such as a hole for a button on the left side of the top edge of the case which could be the Home button, or a cutout along the right side of the case.
Another leak came from French site Nowhereelse.fr and it showed the first schematic drawings of an iPhone 6 case released by third-party smartphone case maker Elam on Thursday.
The image revealed an ultra-slim body and a single volume controls button on the side.
A survey by ChangeWave Research has demonstrated that there is an increased interest in the upcoming Apple smartphone.
The study showed that a total of 40% of consumers consider buying a new iPhone with a larger screen, a more powerful processor and updated iOS.
Finally, MacRumors asked Ferry Passchier to create 3D renders of the iPhone 6 with a 4.7-inch screen and one with a 5.7-inch screen based on alleged design drawings posted by Japanese magazine MacFan last month.