Apple iPhone 6 release 'as early as September,' in two sizes -- report

The iPhone 6 will arrive in September in two sizes: 4.7- and 5.5-inch, according to Japanese publication Nikkei, which cites sources at domestic display manufacturers.

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The iPhone 6 will arrive as early as September in two screen sizes, according to Japan's largest business daily.

The next-generation iPhone 6 "will likely be offered in 4.7- and 5.5-inch versions," Nikkei reported in its Friday edition. The current iPhone 5S has a 4-inch screen.

The displays will be made in Japan by Sharp at its Kameyama factory and at Japan Display's Mobara plant, as well as other facilities, according to the report.

"Mass production of LCD panels will start as early as the April-June quarter," Nikkei said, citing sources.

LG Electronics will supply displays as well.

The display resolution will be "significantly" higher than that of the iPhone 5S, the report said, though no specifications were given.

A report on Wednesday from Digitimes said battery suppliers have received orders from Apple for the future iPhone.

On Monday, UBS analyst Steve Milunovich said his checks with the chain of suppliers suggest the iPhone 6 is most likely to arrive in August or September-- rather than June.

Milunovich claimed, however, that while a 4.7-inch screen is "certain," a larger model with a 5.5-inch display "may or may not launch" at the same time.

About the author

Brooke Crothers writes about mobile computer systems, including laptops, tablets, smartphones: how they define the computing experience and the hardware that makes them tick. He has served as an editor at large at CNET News and a contributing reporter to The New York Times' Bits and Technology sections. His interest in things small began when living in Tokyo in a very small apartment for a very long time.

 

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