iPhone 6 To Release In First Half Of 2014: Citi

The iPhone 6 launch is still expected to break with tradition even though it probably won’t be out this year, according to analysts at Citi. They expect to see it in the first half of next year and believe it will have a larger screen than the iPhone 5 or even the iPhone 5S, which is expected to be unveiled Sept. 10.

iPhone 6 To Release In First Half Of 2014: Citi

iPhone 6 expected early next year, iWatch maybe this year

Citi analysts Glen Yeung, C. Adeline Lee and Samuel Meehan issued a report to investors highlighting their expectations for Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s upcoming products. In the past, they wrote that they expected to see a bigger screen iPhone 6 in the first half of 2014, and their expectations have not changed. They expect the iPad Mini with Retina display to come out in the first half of next year as well.

They believe that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) could launch the rumored iWatch in the second half of this year, noting that they saw evidence that the supply chain for the device had been prepared last quarter.

New iPhone 6 concept features 6.2-inch display

Even though it’s pretty much a given that the iPhone 5S will be unveiled next month, concept designers are still envisioning what the iPhone 6 would look like. After all, they’ve got a lot more freedom in imagining the device since it won’t be out until next year. However, if Citi analysts are right, we’ll see it earlier next year than most are expecting since Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) typically launches new iPhones in the fall.

This latest iPhone 6 concept comes from Ran Avni (via Josh Smith of GottaBe Mobile). It shows a handset with screen that’s even bigger than the screen some are expecting to see on the Galaxy Note 3. (Yes, we have rumors about rumored devices beating other rumored devices. Crazy, I know.).

In this concept, the iPhone 6 has a 6.2-inch display with Full HD resolution and an IGZO display made by Sharp and covered by Gorilla Glass. It’s available in eight different colors and has a very thin bezel. It also sports a fingerprint sensor and FaceTime camera, both of which are built right into the home button. Of course the iPhone 6 would also use Apple’s A8X chip.