iPhone 6 release date, news and rumors

iPhone 6

The new iPhone could be one of the most pivotal devices in the Cupertino brand’s history – with the the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C simple updates to previous models, there’s a lot of pressure heaped on the iPhone 6. As per usual, the internet is awash with rumor, speculation and downright lies over this next-generation handset, which is why we spend our time trawling through each nugget of info, debating its merits and curating it into this easy-to-read hub for all things iPhone 6.

Some of you might have been expecting the iPhone 6 to have debuted in 2013, but given the iPhone’s history – from the 3G onwards, there’s always been a half-step S model before the next numbered iPhone – we were never going to get the 6 until 2014. In fact, it will technically be the iPhone 8 by that point… but hey, who’s counting these days? One thing is for sure, with the Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One 2 and Sony Xperia Z2 just around the corner, Apple will need to be on its game with the new handset – and many believe a bigger screen is simply a must.

The iPhone 6 release date will be in 2014, although exactly when that will be in the year is still a little unclear. Here’s what we think is most likely to happen: at WWDC in June this year we’ll see the obvious release of iOS 8, but also a larger-screened iPhablet as Apple looks to bring itself to the fore in Asian markets and rivalling the likes of the Galaxy Note 3. We’d have usually given this kind of rumor a wide berth, but multiple reports have spoken of a larger device from Apple at the June event, so we’re starting to give them some credence. At the very least, Apple is definitely testing it, but may not bring it to market.

After that, Apple will launch the iPhone 6 in September, along with the iWatch and the first view of iOS 8, to allow it to both bring a new product to market as well as keeping its schedule safe. This is backed up by KDB Daewoo Securities, which does have a decent record in Apple early leaks. Apple has launched the last few iPhones at a special event in September, so the smart money is on September 2014 for the iPhone 6′s arrival but won’t be the only mobile hardware we see from the firm this year.