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

iPhone 6 concept

Following reports about the start of the production of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 this month, GforGames claimed that the 5.5-inch model will enter the manufacturing stage in September.

The larger model of the iPhone 6 could hit store shelves in December 2014.

However, 9to5Mac’s Ben Lovejoy believes Apple isn’t likely to announce a new product in December as holiday gift purchases have already been made by that time and Black Friday which falls on 28th November this year.

Another rumor about the device’s release date came from MacRumors who cited a source familiar with an internal Apple Retail Store meeting that claimed the iPhone 6 could launch on October 14th.

A senior Store Leader called the date an “immense” day for the company, as part of an “incredibly busy” October for Apple and its stores.

A media event is said to be set to take place on Tuesday, September 16, where the device could be presented.

In terms of new features that the iPhone 6 could bring, Market research firm TrendForce claims that sapphire glass might not be implemented in the smartphone.

The report notes that Apple’s suppliers haven’t received the material needed for the production of the handset.

Shipping of the sapphire displays to suppliers should have already started in June ahead of the possible September launch.

Also this week, during T-Mobile’s presentation of the results for the second quarter, CEO John Legere revealed he expects new subscribers on the carrier with the releases of the iPhone 6.

And while Apple fans are eagerly awaiting the next iPhone, it seems a version of the device can already be pre-ordered.

Luxury retailer Brikk is offering gold, platinum, and diamond-encrusted versions of the iPhone 6 on pre-order on its website.

Prices for the Brikk iPhone 6 vary between $4,495 and $8,795.

Leaked photos of the handset’s components were numerous this week.

Nowhereelse.fr was leading again with photos that appear to show the logic board of the iPhone 6.

The website wrote that the next iPhone will support NFC and ultra-fast 802.11ac Wi-Fi.

The publication also shared photos of components for the 4.7 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 models that included the Home button and the fingerprint sensor Touch ID, and an interesting comparison with the same component from in the iPhone 5S.

Images displaying the logic boards of the two iPhones modele were published by Chinese repair firm GeekBar and spotted by Nowhereelse.fr

The logic boards were compared to the same part currently used in the iPhone 5S and both seemed larger in size.

Finally, the power and volume flex cables and SIM trays, as well as a longer flex cable were leaked by Taiwanese website Apple.club.tw.