Supply Chain Sources Claim December Launch for 5.5-Inch iPhone 6 and iWatch

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    Reports from within Apple's Asian supply chain (via GforGames) again suggest the company is planning to launch the 4.7-inch iPhone separately from the 5.5-inch model, with the latter model entering mass production in September. This staggered launch would allow Apple to debut the highly-anticipated 4.7-inch iPhone 6 early this fall and then follow with the iWatch and the larger iPhone model later this year.

    The report claims a December launch for both the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 and iWatch, which would be unusual timing for Apple given the holiday shopping season. The company generally prefers to launch its consumer-focused products before Black Friday kicks off holiday shopping in late November. But if supply constraints are an issue, it is possible Apple might choose to make a limited launch of the devices before the end of the year to get them onto shoppers' radars.

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    Apple is rumored to be planning its first press event in September, which will be used to unveil the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 along with the official release date of iOS 8. Apple may hold a second event in October to announce the next generation iPads, OS X Yosemite and possibly the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 and the iWatch. Though announced in October, the latest report claims larger iPhone and iWatch may not hit retail shelves until December of this year.

    Besides a larger display, the iPhone 6 is expected to include a faster A8 processor, an updated Touch ID fingerprint scanner and an improved camera module with some form of image stabilization technology.

    Article Link: Supply Chain Sources Claim December Launch for 5.5-Inch iPhone 6 and iWatch
     
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    December? That sucks
     
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    We better buy our hand warmers and space heaters now, before the masses buy them all to wait in line! :cool:
     
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    December seems like a terrible time for an iWatch launch. Something that makes a perfect holiday gift arrives after a lot of people have already finished their shopping? Not so good. Even November is pushing it.
     
  5. macrumors 6502

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    I want this rumor to be true!
     
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    Yes, I'm sorry if I'm not like you and don't know the date.. Since you apparently have knowledge of it, do you care to share it?
     
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    I'd image if this is true it will a very limited December release, designed to grab the headlines from the competition.

    Availability would be tight until well into Q1 2015.
     
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    No way there is a December release. Dumb rumor.
     
  9. macrumors member

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    Aww ****!

    The people saying bye apple and say they're screwing with us... Please remember this is a rumor website.
     
  10. macrumors 68000

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    If they aren't releasing both phones at the same time then the only sensible thing to do is to announce and open preorders for both at the same time and just make people who want the bigger one to wait longer. If the I watch won't ship until closer to Christmas then that is another item that they should do preorders for starting in November
     
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    To the person that is on a iPhone website
     
  12. macrumors 6502

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    December release

    Fire the jerks who thought of this:mad:
     
  13. macrumors newbie

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    Why? Announce it and make it available for pre-order with a guaranteed pre-Christmas delivery date. Apple will sell millions and millions as Christmas gifts in addition to those that they would sell directly to the consumer/end user. Brilliant!

    I won't even mention it around the house and I bet it is under the tree for me on Christmas Day. (Rumour has it that I have a few pounds to lose and the iWatch might help;)).
     
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    I'm sure glad I don't get that excited by iPhone launches anymore. I've waited in lines for hours ever since the original launch and still have every previously released model. I'll just grab the next release online or a day or two after launch.
    The torch is passed.......
     
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    All this '5.5" coming later' talk is simply hilarious. Not being able to let go of one's self delusion is called denial. Can YOU REALLY imagine Apple releasing TWO sizes of the same phone within a few months?

    Snap out of the daydream - 5.5" is imaginary.
     
  16. macrumors 6502

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    Considering the number of supply chain leaks Apple has had over the past few years, it wouldn't shock me if Apple deliberately obfuscated parts orders and assembly projections just to **** with them, as well as selectively leak certain facts to certain folks to determine where the leaks were coming from.
     
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    However, rumors about Apple are always true...;)
     
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    You're angry cause I said Apple is toying with us? WOW
     
  19. brendu, Jul 28, 2014
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    If Apple has shown us anything this year it is to stop thinking Apple won't do something because they haven't done it before... The 5.5" iPhone may well happen. Samsung has proven there is a market for the size.

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    Sites like MacRumors need to put this stuff through a BS test before they publish it on their site. When has Apple ever launched a flagship product in December? That makes zero sense. Just because some Far East site claims something doesn't mean the rumors sites have to publish it.
     
  21. macrumors 6502a

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    I'm willing to place a serious bet with anyone who'd like to take me up on it. My proposal is simple; I bet £4,720 that Apple will not release a 5.5" iPhone before summer/autumn next year, if at all.

    I am 100% serious, so who's up for it?
     
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    Agreed. If it's a staggered launch they have to at least announce both with details and pricing IMO.
     
  23. macrumors 6502

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    Exactly. There's no way that Apple will make that kind of stagger annoucements. It doesn't
    Make any business sense. Either they announce both at the same time or only one model a year.
     
  24. maflynn, Jul 28, 2014
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    Thread has been reopened. Stop with the arguing, insults and name calling.
     
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    Unless a delay couldn't be avoided, I can't believe iPhone6 5.5/iWatch would be released so late in the holiday season.
     

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