When will Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) launch the iPhone 6? A lot of tech specs and features of the iPhone 6 have already reached fans, thanks to leaks and rumors. The device is likely to sport a bigger screen, a revamped iOS 8, 64-bit A8 processor, sapphire crystal, an improved Lytro-style camera and a higher price tag. But the release date of the iPhone 6 remains a mystery.

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Will iPhone 6 follow the trend?

If Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) releases the iPhone 6 in May 2014, there will be only eight months between the launch of the iPhone 5S and 5C and the iPhone 6. That’s not in line with Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s product launch schedule. But the company can compete better with Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd’s upcoming Galaxy S5, which is expected to hit the market in Q1 2014, by launching the iPhone 6 in May.

The iPhone 5 was released on September 21, 2012. Then, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) announced the 5S and 5C exactly after one year later in September 2013. The iPhone 5S was the first device from Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s stable to support high speed 4G data connections. But if you look at the release date of the iPhone 4, it was announced on Feb.11, 2011. The company launched the iPhone 4S in just eight months, i.e., on October 14, 2011. That prompted experts to believe that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) would launch a major model once a year, and upgrade it slightly after 6-8 months of release. But the company proved them wrong with the release of the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5S/5C.

iPhone 6 to raise the bar

Moreover, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has blurred the line between an “overhaul” and an “upgrade.” The iPhone 3GS and 4S were refreshes as the company launched these devices with only minor improvements from their predecessors. But the iPhone 5S seemed more like an overhaul rather than an upgrade to iPhone 5. Any other company would have reserved the TouchID sensor and 64-bit processor for a complete overhaul. If Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) considers the iPhone 5S an upgrade, then the company is definitely going to raise the bar of overhaul with iPhone 6 with mind-boggling features.

Trends suggest that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is likely to stick to its current launch schedule with a fall 2014 release of iPhone 6. It will provide developers and supply chain partners enough time to get ready for the massive production of iPhone 6. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) faced huge supply shortages with iPhone 5S. The company is unlikely to make the same mistake again.

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