iPhone 6 release date: When will the iPhone 6 be launched?

Here's all you need to know about the rumoured iPhone 6 release date, specs and new features.

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Here's all you need to know about the rumoured iPhone 6 release date, specs and new features.

iPhone 6 release date: September 2014

History repeats itself people, so guess what? That's exactly where we are going to look for a first clue as the when we might see the iPhone 6.

Previous iPhone release dates:

iPhone 1st gen   June, 2007
iPhone 3G   July, 2008
iPhone 3GS   June, 2009
iPhone 4   June, 2010
iPhone 4s   October, 2011
iPhone 5   September, 2012
iPhone 5s/5c   September, 2013

While the history books suggest that there will be an new iPhone 6 release date around September/October 2014, we have a gut feeling that Apple might – just might – shake things up a little bit and launch an iPhone 6 earlier than expected, just like it did with the iPad 4, which was launched just eight months after the iPad 3 (previous iPads were release 11-12 months apart). But for the record, the smart money goes on an iPhone 6 release date of September/October 2014.

A recent report from a South Korean publication called ET News suggests that as expected the iPhone 6 will be released in September 2014. But intriguingly that may not be the next iPhone to hit the market. Because despite the iPhone being almost unique amongst high-end smartphones in that it can be operated with a single hand, there are reports that Apple may relase an iPhone phablet - smartphone/tablet hybrid - as early as May 2014.

iPhone 6 release date: a phablet?

A report from a Chinese publication called Huanqiu (via Yahoo Japan) indicates that Apple is planning to debut the iPhone phablet as a separate product line. This new iPhone will have a bigger than 5in screen.

5 features Apple could/should add to the iPhone 6

Rumours for the iPhone 6's specs are pretty thin on the ground right now - in fact, we can't find any of note yet - so instead we thought we'd bring you five areas where Apple has deliberately distanced its iPhones from the rest of the high-end smartphone market.

iPhone 6: NFC

The mobile world is crying out for the iPhone to join the NFC movement and give contactless payment on smartphones the boost that both NFC and iPhone need.

iPhone 6: Bigger screen

Is it time for an Apple iPhablet? A 5/6-inch and above screen could be just what Apple has up it's sleeve for the next iPhone. Apple already has two different sized smartphones and tablets and has dodged the fragmentation bullet masterfully so far. An iPhablet with bespoke Apple apps would be a force to reckon with in the business world.

The latest rumour suggests that the iPhone 6 will feature a 5in screen - that's an inch bigger than it is now. The news comes via Apple Insider which cites Brian White of Cantor Fitzgerald who said: "Given today's meeting, we are confident that a larger iPhone (approximately five inches) will become a reality in 2014,"

iPhone 6: Expandable storage

This is a contentious issue, because Apple have both a very successful pricing structure based on storage options and also an ever developing iCloud. But expandable storage is still the most popular way and unrestricting way that the majority of people would chose to expand the storage capabilities of their smartphones. An iSD card and slot would be a great way for Apple to tackle this current flaw of the iPhone. It almost definitely won't happen though.

iPhone 6: Wireless Charging

This is almost too Apple, it's almost shocking it hasn't been included yet. Apple's big rival, Samsung, already has the feature and other smartphones are sure to catch up soon also.

iPhone 6: Flexible screen

A flexible screen, that's crazy talk! Apparently not. Those chaps over at Samsung are already making noises suggesting that there will be a smartphone with a flexible smartphone coming out in 2014. If it's a hit, then it won't be long till Apple joins the party. God knows enough people have smashed their existing iPhone screens.

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