Apple will definitely release two versions of the iPhone 6 this year, if the latest rumor is to be believed. The first version of the company’s new smartphone will be the 4.7 inch version, which will debut in August, a month earlier than expected.
According to Reuters, citing an article in Taiwan’s Economic Daily News, Apple will release the 4.7 inch version first, then follow it with the larger 5.5 inch model in September. The newspaper did not say in which countries the smaller iPhone 6 will be released first.
The Economic Daily News notes, Reuters says, that 80 million iPhone 6 handsets would be produced this year.
“Industry watchers have said increasing the iPhone’s screen size from 4 inches would help Apple regain market share from competitors such as Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, who they say have responded to consumer desire for more screen size,” says Reuters.
If the smaller version of the iPhone 6 is indeed released in August, it would signal a different strategy for Apple, which has launched the past three versions of the iPhone in either September or October. There also have been reports that the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 would debut in September, with the 5.5-inch version being delayed until later this year or early 2015, due to issues with the device’s battery life and its display technology.
In addition to a larger screen, Apple's next-generation iPhone is expected to include a thinner profile, the faster A8 processor, and an improved camera. Jefferies analyst Peter Misek also claimed last month that Apple is negotiating with carriers to raise the price of the iPhone 6 by $100.