19 September tipped as launch date for iPhone 6

27 May 201497 Views

With WWDC looming next week speculation is rife as to when the iPhone 6 will emerge on the market and thanks to some holiday restrictions on employees by Deutsche Telekom, all eyes are now on 19 September.

That’s a Friday, and the likely day for when the upcoming smartphone is likely to go on sale in the larger markets like the US, UK and Germany.

German blog iFun is also claiming that Apple Store employees in Germany are having their holidays restricted leading up to 19 September.

Such as launch would be consistent with the pattern established by the launch of the iPhone 5 in 2012 whereby the device would be revealed on a Tuesday night followed by a massive launch in large markets the following Friday.

Both the iPhone 5c and 5s were made available on 20 September, a Friday, last year.

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In terms of what’s going to be new about the iPhone 6, only Apple truly knows. Bu the rumour mill is pointing towards a larger screen of 4.7-inches boasting 1,704 x 960 resolution.

iOS 8, which will no doubt the big focus of next week at WWDC, is also likely to introduce new split-screen multitasking capabilities for the 9.7-inch iPad.

Apple is also reportedly working on a number of new features for the iOS 8 roll-out, including medical/fitness apps that track blood data, calories, sleep and weight.

Another rumoured feature includes a public transit routing feature for Maps.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years

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