Apple said to be launching the iPhone 6 on October 14th

Apple is said to be planning to release its iPhone 6 later this year with the announcement scheduled for September 16th and the phone will be released on October 14th. It is said that Apple will have a very busy October, so maybe we will see the rumored iWatch at the event as well but nothing concrete has been stated so far.

The source is said the be a senior Apple Store leader but it is worth pointing out that the date does not align to previous releases; Apple typically releases new iPhones on a Friday but the 14th is a Tuesday. The reason for this is that Apple expects significant demand and believes that it will have enough inventory to meet initial demands thanks to a massive upfront order.

It's still up in the air if Apple will release a 4.7in and 5.5in iPhone later this year or if the 5.5in device will arrive at a later point, if ever.

We have seen quite a few leaks around the device including NFC integration and beefed up Wi-Fi support. Of course, it will also be thinner than previous models and feature an A8 processor.

The timeline certainly seems plausible as Apple has previously released iPhones with a similar timeframe to make sure that they have new devices out before the holiday shopping season.

Source: MacRumors | Image Credit: Sonny Dickson

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With Samsung sales in decline this is the perfect time for Apple to release a bigger screen and the new iOS 8. This will be the biggest iPhone release ever.

Android market share is bound to decline as people try alternative OS. Android marketshare is only in the cheap phones. The highend smartphone are dominated by apple.

Ostronyx said,
I'm pretty sure that Samsung sales decline doesn't mean Android's decline at all.

I am a bit confused, I did not mention Android??

Ostronyx said,
by that I meant, HTC sales have increases and Sony's too. So that wouldn't make any difference for Apple.

Samsung has always been Apples (Android) competitor. I think it makes a difference for Apple that Samsung sales are in decline.

I can see lots of people leaving Samsung to go to Apple now that iOS 8 has more features and especially now that Apple has bigger screens. I expect lots of people left Apple just for the bigger Samsung screens and will happily come back.

Edited by derekaw, Aug 1 2014, 7:06am :

derekaw said,
With Samsung sales in decline this is the perfect time for Apple to release a bigger screen and the new iOS 8. This will be the biggest iPhone release ever.

Samsung sells declining = More great Android flagship phones of different brands.

Android is going up

Ostronyx said,
by that I meant, HTC sales have increases and Sony's too. So that wouldn't make any difference for Apple.

Yet neither HTC or Sony make any money on their smartphone business which isn't sustainable.

According to this, HTC, Sony and Samsung all sold lower than expected smartphones last quarter:

http://www.informationweek.com...ne-struggles/d/d-id/1297694?

The growth is in the emerging markets with crappy cheap android phones. The question is when those markets evolve will they want to upgrade to a flagship android device or an iPhone?

Ostronyx said,
by that I meant, HTC sales have increases and Sony's too. So that wouldn't make any difference for Apple.

Sony just issued a warning about a decline in their Android phone sales numbers.

Enron said,
Oh they always do that. Allow preorders for a month so they can say they sold 10 million phones in one weekend.

It's not usually a month.

If they have their announcement on a Tuesday... the phone is available on the following Friday.

10 days usually.

I wonder if Microsoft will launch its new "hero/flagship" phone on October 15th (or 16th) :-)

They are supposed to be releasing a new top-of-the-line phone in the fall, after all (expected to ship in November, possibly even running GDR2). Makes me wonder if they'd attempt to steal some media limelight by doing it just after the iPhone reveal.

pmbAustin said,
I wonder if Microsoft will launch its new "hero/flagship" phone on October 15th (or 16th) :-)

They are supposed to be releasing a new top-of-the-line phone in the fall, after all (expected to ship in November, possibly even running GDR2). Makes me wonder if they'd attempt to steal some media limelight by doing it just after the iPhone reveal.

Its a bit dangerous because people would be spec tracking then. So they would have to release a top notch, undoubtedly better phone or risk being over shadowed.

True, but at the same time, the "last one" tends to dominate the coverage for the week... in a way cutting off the air to the previous announcement. But you're right, it'd have to be an exceptional phone with exceptional features. I'm not too worried that a flagship Lumia wouldn't be 'good enough' though.

pmbAustin said,
True, but at the same time, the "last one" tends to dominate the coverage for the week... in a way cutting off the air to the previous announcement. But you're right, it'd have to be an exceptional phone with exceptional features. I'm not too worried that a flagship Lumia wouldn't be 'good enough' though.

That is probably true as well. They can make a good flagship phone =).

no one will get near the iphone 6 release date. they will get swallowed by it and no one will ever know a new WP came out. its best to get in early or just wait until the initial rush passes. besides who's waiting for another WindowsPhone that looks like a Nokia.

Josh_LosAltosHills said,
no one will get near the iphone 6 release date. they will get swallowed by it and no one will ever know a new WP came out. its best to get in early or just wait until the initial rush passes. besides who's waiting for another WindowsPhone that looks like a Nokia.

Millions I am sure =). Nothing wrong with the nokia look imo. Its all opinion. I dont hate the iPhone look (is more better than worse) but its not my favorite looking phone out there. =)

Well, *I'm* waiting. I think my Black Nokia 920 looks way better than any iPhone. I switched from my iPhone 4 to this phone, and have never looked back. I love it. And when they come out with something better on AT&T, I'll be upgrading to it.

It's bigger, which is great, but that plastic stripe thing looks like Apple iPhone Designed in Cupertino by Steven Sinofsky.

I'd heard rumors that the next iPads may be released in October as well, a month earlier than recently. Do you think they might announce both at the same time?

I think it's likely iPad's will be announced late October with a release date early November, like they did last year

Or it is equally likely they will go back to the traditional release schedule and they will come out in the spring. Apple tends to generate a lot of fan fair when they release new iOS products. From a marketing point of view, it makes a lot of sense to do that twice a year instead of back-to-back.

It's not equally likely for Spring. The whole reason they moved them is to align them with Christmas and the holiday season