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

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    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.

    Article Link: Mass Production of 4.7-Inch iPhone 6 Set for July, 5.5-Inch Version Beginning in September
     
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    interesting a staged roll out

    I'd rather see the larger one first just because I'm more interested in that :D
     
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    If that is the design, I am sold! Love the matte black and the rounded edges :eek::eek::eek:
     
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    Apple literally doubled down on secrecy. Put two rabbits out to chase, and not one can be caught.
     
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    Makes sense, they usually struggle to make enough when there's only one new model.
     
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    If they look like that i could be tempted back to the iphone
     
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    I hope they keep the current size as well. Im not interested in carrying around a little iPad. 4.7" may be ok though.
     
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    How accurate has Taiwan's Industrial and Commercial Times been in the past? And how would they know Apple's planned release schedule? I'm still skeptical that Apple is actually going to sell a phablet.
     
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    Agreed, that's a nice looking phone. But I question validity of the "specs" the design is based on. Main that is the flash, iPhone 5S has the duel "pill shaped" flash. Those mock ups are based specs that still include the round flash. I know that's a small thing, but I wonder if this could be a bad spec leak like the "wedge" shaped phone that was being mocked up prior to the iPhone 4S announce.
     
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    The only problem I see with this plan is that it would mean they would be putting out a brand new phone but with last years OS... not saying that its a bad things just doesn't seem like Apple's style. Definitely excited to see how this turns out though!
     
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    I can finally upgrade!
     

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    IMO, 4.7" is the perfect size for a smartphone. The 5.5" phones around today are unwieldy and difficult to use with one hand.
     
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    The blue print also says the camera is a flash. Which obviously is a mistake.
     
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    I think they do iOS8 at the same time in September/October.
     
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    Who says anything about the OS? Pretty sure the new iPhones will ship with iOS 8.
     
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    I feel the same way but think 4.7" might be a decent "compromise". Certainly hope if Apple does go that route it sticks as the permanent small size iPhone.
     
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    Good point, I forgotten about demand outstripping supply.
     
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    Except with WWDC not until June a new phone being released in July would give no time for iOS 8 to be tested.

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    I completely agree which is why I don't think we will see any new models in July like stated in the article.

    Whoops I misread this... production for July not release :D
     
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    I don't think mass production means it'll be sold in July. That's just to prepare for sales.
     
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    Yeah I just realized I read that wrong :eek:
     
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    The front face plate is looking very tired imho.
     
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    I hope this is inaccurate. I don't want a bigger and thinner/lighter phone.
    I could now stash away one or two 5s but that doesn't really help in the end either if this is the stupid trend.
    Those look like the samsung ghettophonez that I avoided when moving to apple.
     
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    What kind of resolution can we expect with the new screen sizes?

    Will devs again have a to support new resolutions as with the introduction of the 4" screen?
     

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