Apple to unveil iPhone 6 in August, earlier than expected: report

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TAIPEI (Reuters) - Apple Inc will unveil the next incarnation of its popular iPhone series in August, one month earlier than industry watchers were generally expecting, Taiwanese media reported on Friday citing unidentified supply-chain sources.

A 4.7-inch screen version of the iPhone 6 will reach stores in August, the Economic Daily News reported without specifying which markets would receive the phone first.

A 5.5-inch or 5.6-inch model will be released in September, the newspaper said, as the iPhone 5 series was previously.

People involved in the supply chain had earlier confirmed to Reuters that there will be a 4.7-inch version of the iPhone 6 and a 5.5-inch version.

Together, the Economic Daily News said 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.

Representatives for Apple could not be reached for comment.

Representatives for Taiwanese iPhone contract manufacturer Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd and smartphone camera lens maker Largan Precision Co Ltd, both mentioned in the Economic Daily News report, had no comment.

(Reporting by Michael Gold; Editing by Christopher Cushing)

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Comments (5)
kelliann wrote:
Someone better tell the makers of women’s jeans to stop shrinking their pocket sizes. You can hardly get the current and older phones to stay in them without popping out and dropping to the floor. I am sick and tired of finding a nice pair of jeans only to discover the shrunken pocket size and not buying them for that reason. Gloria Vanderbilt, among others, PAY ATTENTION!!!!

May 09, 2014 6:17pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
jorge62 wrote:
‘Industry watchers have said increasing the iPhone’s screen size from 4 inches would help Apple regain market share’

Increasing the size will also help the older crowd whose vision is not as good as it use to be.

May 09, 2014 7:25pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Anthonykovic wrote:
The biggest simple improvement Apple could make is to increase battery life. My iPhone 5 often dies after 4 or 5 hours — and this even with the screen brightness turned down, turning off background apps and turning off WiFi. My old Blackberry was able to go 3 or 4 days betweenc charges. With the lousy iPhone had to buy several criminally-overpriced charger cables – one for the house, one for the office, one for the car and one for my briefcase.

May 09, 2014 8:29pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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