iPhone 6 Release Date: September 12, 19, Or 26?

Multiple iPhone 6 release dates have been batted around by numerous different sources. Yesterday, one source said Sept. 15 for the unveiling and Sept. 25 for the launch. Before that, supposedly leaked internal documents from Deutsche Telekom suggested an unveiling date of Sept. 19. Other dates that have been floated for the iPhone 6 release are as early as August. Today, however, there’s a report that the iPhone 6 could be unveiled as early as Sept. 8.

iPhone 6 may ship in late August

This newest report is from MacRumors, which cites “a reliable source.” The source claims that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s suppliers will begin mass shipments of the iPhone 6 out of China in the last couple weeks of August. Then Apple could reveal the smartphone in the first week or two of September, with initial deliveries coming later that same month, probably on the Friday ten days after the unveiling.

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These dates are in line with previous iPhone unveilings and releases. Apple showed off the iPhone 5 at an event on Sept. 12, 2012, and the handset landed on store shelves on Sept. 21. Last year, the company showed off the iPhone 5S and 5C on Sept. 10 and began official sales of them on Sept. 20.

It should be noted that the Sept. 25 launch date reported by China.com this week seems unlikely because Apple usually puts it up for sale on a Friday. This means the iPhone 6 could be officially released on Sept. 12, 19 or 26, with the unveiling coming nine or ten days before.

Two iPhone 6 models

Apple is generally expected to be releasing a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and a 5.5-inch iPhone this year, with the latter possibly being called the iPhone Air. Previously, there were reports that problems with production would delay the launch of the 5.5-inch iPhone, however, it sounds like those issues may have been fixed and that Apple could reveal and launch them on the same day.

The iPhone 6 is expected to run on Apple’s next-generation A8 processor, be thinner, and look more like the iPod Touch. Many expect the bigger 5.5-inch version to cost about $100 more than the 4.7-inch model.