Report Claims September 25 Launch for iPhone 6, 16GB 5.5-Inch 'iPhone Air'

Apple will look to announce the iPhone 6 on Monday, September 15th ahead of a launch on Thursday, September 25, according to various Chinese media reports citing "inside sources" (Google Translate, via GForGames). The sources also claim that the larger 5.5-inch iPhone will be called the "iPhone Air", with the 16GB version selling in China for 5,998 yuan ($965). Meanwhile, the 4.7-inch version will reportedly start at 5,288 ($850) for 32GB, which is the current price of the 16GB iPhone 5s in China.

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The report contrasts with a story from Chinese web portal Tencent last month claiming that Apple would launch the 4.7-inch iPhone on Friday, September 19, which would be in line with the past two iPhone launches. Apple typically launches new products on a Friday, while a Thursday launch would be unlikely.

Furthermore, Apple abandoning the 16 GB model on the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 would make it likely that the company does not include such an option on the bigger 5.5-inch version. A report from Wei Feng last month noted that Apple would offer a 128GB variant only for the 5.5-inch iPhone 6, stating that the storage size difference would act as a major differentiator between both models. It is possible that Apple may call the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 the iPhone Air, as suppliers were once rumored to be using that name when referring to the device.

It is unknown whether Apple will launch both the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 simultaneously. Bloomberg claimed last month that company would be doing so, as previous reports noted issues with display technology and battery life would delay the device's launch.

Aside from a larger display, the iPhone 6 is expected to come with a thinner profile, a faster A8 processor, and other new features. The camera of the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 is also said to feature an optical image stabilization system, while the smaller 4.7-inch iPhone will use a new lens module.

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Top Rated Comments

bushido Avatar
131 months ago
Too early, Apple. Cannot yet justify another one.
My interest in new iPhones plateaued after the 4S, which is still my daily driver.

too early? :confused: the iPhone 4S is a million years old in technology years
Score: 28 Votes (Like | Disagree)
sofila Avatar
131 months ago
These new iPhones are going to sell like nothing we've seen before with severe shortages for many months.
just remember that you're not going to buy it, as you clearly stated 11 months ago in your 8th post Aug 29, 2013, 12:25 PM (https://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?p=17804986#post17804986)
Score: 21 Votes (Like | Disagree)
SMIDG3T Avatar
131 months ago
So a 16GB model for the 5.5-inch but not for the smaller 4.7-inch? Is that what's coming from this "report"?

Also the bigger phone will be called the "iPhone Air" but the 4.7-inch (which will be lighter) won't be called that?

Makes no sense to me.
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
RobertMartens Avatar
131 months ago
Air is a good name for this product as that is the location of the origin of these rumours. Wait there's more. The 5.5 inch iPhone is going to be thin.

The rumours are about a 'thin air' . Get it? The rumours came out of thin air.

I'm good.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
saving107 Avatar
131 months ago
Too early, Apple. Cannot yet justify another one.
My interest in new iPhones plateaued after the 4S, which is still my daily driver.

Good to know, i guess.

As for me, bring on the new iPhones.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
RobertMartens Avatar
131 months ago
too early? :confused: the iPhone 4S is a million years old in technology years

but only 21 years in dog years!
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)