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

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    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.

    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
  2. CrazyForApple macrumors 6502a


    Dec 31, 2012
    Buffalo, NY
  3. PowerBook-G5 macrumors 65816


    Jul 30, 2013
    The United States of America
    We better buy our hand warmers and space heaters now, before the masses buy them all to wait in line! :cool:
  4. HiRez macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2004
    Western US
    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. Alphabetize macrumors 6502


    Oct 6, 2013
  6. marine0816 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 11, 2011
    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?
  7. colmaclean macrumors 68000


    Jan 6, 2004
    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.
  8. Unconsoled macrumors regular

    Jul 20, 2005
    Rain City WA
    No way there is a December release. Dumb rumor.
  9. A. Dumbledore macrumors member

    Jul 18, 2014
    Aww ****!

    The people saying bye apple and say they're screwing with us... Please remember this is a rumor website.
  10. newdeal macrumors 68020

    Oct 21, 2009
    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
  11. marine0816 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 11, 2011
    To the person that is on a iPhone website
  12. dvoros macrumors 6502

    Sep 1, 2010
    December release

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

    May 30, 2011
    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;)).
  14. imwoblin macrumors 6502

    Jun 9, 2007
    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.......
  15. Moto G macrumors 6502a

    Jul 6, 2014
    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. britboyj macrumors 6502a

    Apr 8, 2009
    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.
  17. sza macrumors 6502

    Dec 21, 2010
    However, rumors about Apple are always true...;)
  18. marine0816 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 11, 2011
    You're angry cause I said Apple is toying with us? WOW
  19. brendu, Jul 28, 2014
    Last edited by a moderator: Jul 28, 2014

    brendu macrumors 68000

    Apr 23, 2009
    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.


  20. Rogifan macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2011
    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. Moto G macrumors 6502a

    Jul 6, 2014
    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?
  22. THE JUICEMAN macrumors 68000


    Oct 3, 2007
    Agreed. If it's a staggered launch they have to at least announce both with details and pricing IMO.
  23. fallenjt macrumors 6502a

    Jul 3, 2013
    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
    Last edited: Jul 28, 2014

    maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    [MOD NOTE]
    Closed for moderator review

    Thread has been reopened. Stop with the arguing, insults and name calling.
  25. KdParker macrumors 601


    Oct 1, 2010
    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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