iPhone 6 Release Date: Is It September 9?

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Numerous reports have long tipped a September 9 release date for Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s new iPhone 6. A newly-leaked image of the smartphone’s alleged quick start guide has reconfirmed the launch date. That’s in-line with previous reports that Apple has scheduled to big media event for September 9. This launch date corresponds to the second Tuesday of September, a day the Cupertino company unveiled its iPhone 5S and 5C last year.

The latest iPhone 6 image comes from a ‘loyal and trusted source’

The leaked image was obtained by Steve Hemmerstoffer of French website NoWhereElse.fr. The website has an exceptional track record of securing legit images of Apple products ahead of the official launch. Last year, NoWhereElse.fr leaked the iPhone 5S’ quick start guide, which was spot on. Hemmerstoffer claimed he had obtained the latest images from a “trusted and loyal Chinese source.”

The image shows the September 9 release date on the screen. The smartphone’s name ‘iPhone 6’ also appears on the alleged quick start guide. It further corroborates widely expected changes in the new device. The sleep/wake button has been repositioned from the top to the right side of the phone. The volume button has a new rectangular design. The silent/ring switch remains on the left side of the phone.

iPhone 6 coming with 128GB internal storage

However, the new image does contradict previous leaks in some aspects. For instance, a flurry of past leaks showed that the iPhone 6 will have curved edges. But the newly leaked image shows the iPhone 6 with the same straight-edge design found in the iPhone 4, iPhone 5 and iPhone 5S. What’s more, MacRumors doubts the authenticity of the image leaked by NoWhereElse.fr. MacRumors pointed out that the quick start guide’s font work doesn’t match Apple’s regular style. The font is right, but the weight is much heavier than the iPhone maker’s current style.

Citing the same Chinese source, the French website claimed that the iPhone 6 is also coming in 128GB variant. Last week, a leaked image tipped that the forthcoming device will introduce a 128GB built-in storage model.

Apple shares inched up 0.39% to $101.28 in pre-market trading Wednesday.

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