A report in early April claimed that production of the smartphone could start in May, with a fall launch slated for the 4.7-inch model.
Citing sources close to the supply chain, Reuters reported that the manufacturing of displays for the phablet variant has been delayed for several months due to difficulties in the integration of “in-cell” technology on 5.5-inch screens.
A more recent article by Taiwan’s Industrial and Commercial Times claims that battery issues could the cause for the delay and that the device could hit the market in 2015.
Apple’s main display supplier, Japan Display, is expected to begin shipping the 5.5-inch screen with a resolution of 1,440x 2,560 pixels this month.
Paul Semenza, senior vice president at NPD DisplaySearch, believes that this display will be the one featured in the iPhone 6.
A report by EMSOne claimed that mass production of the 4.7-inch iPhone could start in July, and in September for the 5.5-inch phablet.
KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo expects Apple to launch two iPhone models, a 4.7-inch variant in September and a 5.5-inch device in December.
He predicts the handsets will be much thinner, with side bezels reduced by 10-20%, 1GB of RAM, an A8 processor, NFC chips, Touch ID and a bigger battery for the 5.5-inch model.
MacRumors and The Verge analyzed what iPhone apps could look like on a 4.7-inch screen with a resolution of 1134×750 pixels.
Jefferies analyst Peter Misek estimated that Apple could add an extra $100 to the iPhone 6 cost.
Numerous leaked photos of the rumored handset surfaced online this month.
Leaked photos that were allegedly taken at Foxconn were posted on Chinese site Weibo, showing the iPhone 6 in production or the device’s batteries.
iPhone 6 cases were shown in leaked photos posted on MobileFun and they highlighted possible new features of the smartphone, 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.
French site Nowhereelse.fr and it published a leaked image of the first schematic drawings of an iPhone 6 case, revealing an ultra-slim body and a single volume controls button on the side.
Other leaked pictures from a supposed Foxconn factory unveiled the smartphone’s detailed design schematics and manufacturing molds.
Another leaked photo published by French blog Nowhereelse.fr, also from a Foxconn factory, compared an iPhone 4S to one of the molds for the next iPhone.
The same French site published photos of alleged cases for the device, with more rounded edges, a new form factor for the volume buttons and a relocated power button.
In addition, as leaks abounded on the net, designers let their imagination come up with some of the most interesting iPhone 6 concepts so far.
Nowhereelse.fr and designer Martin Hajek joined their forces to create several iPhone 6 mockups that seemed very close to reality, especially as they were based on leaked schematics or photos of cases for the device.
Their collaboaration also gave life to 3D renders of the iPhone 6S and 6C with more rounded edges, a thinner form factor and a relocated power button.
Another interesting concept with a slide out secondary display was created by designer Sahanan Yogarasa.
At MacRumors’ request, Ferry Passchier came up with 3D renders of the iPhone 6 with a 4.7-inch screen and a 5.7-inch screen based on alleged design drawings that were leaked online.
Unbox Therapy made a video that parallels an iPhone 6 case with other smartphones on the market such as the iPhone 5S, Nexus 5 and Galaxy Note 3.