Mass Production of 4.7-Inch iPhone 6 Set for July, 5.5-Inch Version Beginning in September

According to Japanese website EMSOne [Google Translate, via G for Games] citing Taiwan's Industrial and Commercial Times, Apple is planning to begin mass production of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 in July with the larger 5.5-inch version to enter mass production in September.

The report notes that both versions of the next-generation iPhone will go on sale at some point during the fourth quarter of this year, with the 4.7-inch iPhone being announced and released earlier than the 5.5-inch iPhone.

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Renderings of iPhone 6 (4.7") and iPhone 6 (5.7") based on leaked schematics

The news comes as a report from Reuters last month stated that Apple would begin production of the 4.7-inch display to be used in the iPhone 6 this May for the device's release this fall. The report also noted that the 5.5-inch version of the iPhone 6 would be delayed due to difficulties with in-cell production technology, and would start production several months after the 4.7-inch version.

A report last month from Japanese newspaper Nikkei stated that the iPhone 6 could launch "as early as September" and will be offered in 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch display sizes. This contrasted a claim from UBS analyst Steve Milunovich, who said that the 4.7-inch version of the iPhone 6 might be the only model to launch later this year, as a timeframe for the larger 5.5-inch version was unclear.

Internal documents from the second ongoing trial between Apple and Samsung also indicate that Apple is poised to release a larger phone, as a slide deck from an April 2013 presentation showed that customers want less expensive and most notably, larger screen smartphones.

In addition to a larger display, Apple’s next-generation iPhone is expected to feature a durable, sapphire screen, and a thinner, bezel-free design in addition to processor and camera upgrades.

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Top Rated Comments

dugbug Avatar
134 months ago
I hope they keep the current size as well. Im not interested in carrying around a little iPad. 4.7" may be ok though.
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
maflynn Avatar
134 months ago
interesting a staged roll out

I'd rather see the larger one first just because I'm more interested in that :D
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
HappyDude20 Avatar
134 months ago
I can finally upgrade!
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
cmChimera Avatar
134 months ago
Apple literally doubled down on secrecy. Put two rabbits out to chase, and not one can be caught.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
576316 Avatar
134 months ago
Yea I agree. By the looks of this though, the 4,7" phone will be bigger than the 4".

I have an eight year old daughter. The iPhone 5 is allready big for her tiny pockets. Apple needs to atleast have one phone model to accomodate kids imo.

An 8 year old child doesn't need an iPhone.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Rogifan Avatar
134 months ago
Not very...

https://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?p=17592709

So basically take this with a huge grain of salt. Like I said I'm quite skeptical that we're going to see a 5.5" phone from Apple.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)