iPhone 6 rumors: release date, components, leaks and others

iPhone 6 concept

A 9to5Mac report claimed that Apple may hold its keynote to announce the iPhone 6 in mid-September, most likely in the second or third week.

The 4.7-inch iPhone 6, which is reportedly at a more advanced stage than the phablet model, is expected to be announced at the event.

Another release date rumor came from Taiwan’s Digitimes who reported that the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 will arrive just a few months after the 4.7-inch version.

The site writes that Apple has done so in order to avoid competition between the two devices.

The Wall Street Journal reported that Cupertino has placed orders for 70 to 80 million units of iPhone 6 to its suppliers, for both the 4.7 and the 5.5-inch models.

However, the report noted that there are manufacturing issues with the tactile sensors on the larger model’s display.

A mobile payment system could be launched alongside the iPhone 6 in September, The Information reported.

Negotiations are said to be in full swing with several credit card operators and other companies in the industry.

Regarding the smartphone’s sapphire glass display, analyst Sun Chang Xu at ESM-China believes the material will only be used on a limited number of devices due to production difficulties and costs.

She expects that only the larger iPhone version will be equipped with a sapphire panel.

Leaked photos and videos continued to pop up online this week.

The device’s Lightning connector port, the microphone and the headphone jack were captured in photos shared by a user of the MacX forum.

The flex cable appears only slightly different from previous generation iPhones.

Pictures of the new iPhone’s Lightning connector, headphone parts and rear shell pictures were also posted by Apple.club.tw and spotted by MacRumors.

Tech blog uSwitch found images of a finished iPhone 6 case with an embedded Apple logo that they claimed will be lighted and will help to alert the user of a new incoming notification.

Photos of a thin battery belonging to the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 were posted by Nowhereelse.fr.

YouTube user Marques Brownlee came back this week with a video showing the front panel of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 being put to several tests.

Brownlee aimed to demonstrate that the display may not actually be made from pure sapphire.