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iPhone 6 rumor rollup for the week ending Aug. 1

John Cox | Aug. 5, 2014
Just in time for trick or treat 2014, the iPhone 6 actually will be available in October, a somewhat skeptical iOSphere learned this week. Because it will be announced nearly a full month earlier, in September, we can just savor the pending release over the subsequent weeks.

Just in time for trick or treat 2014, the iPhone 6 actually will be available in October, a somewhat skeptical iOSphere learned this week. Because it will be announced nearly a full month earlier, in September, we can just savor the pending release over the subsequent weeks.

Also this week: a novel theory that a new style of Apple logo on the back of the iPhone 6 rear casing will glow every time you get an iOS alert (If the phone is in your pocket or purse or on its back, you wouldn't know that, of course, but fortunately there are tones, vibrations, and all that other stuff.); how iPhone 6 will make us more health conscious and bring about the dawn of virtual house calls by doctors; and all kinds of alleged production delays have doomed the long-rumored sapphire display covers.

You read it here second.

iPhone 6 will be available in October, not September

Apple may announce the iPhone 6 in September, but you won't be able to get your hands on one until Oct. 14, according to a post by Richard Padilla at MacRumors.

The post is based on information from "a source that spoke to MacRumors citing an internal Apple Retail Store meeting." It's unclear whether the source is an Apple employee who, presumbably, was at the meeting, or someone who was told about the meeting by someone else, who may or may not have been present.

"The source notes that a senior Store Leader [See Apple's Store Leader development program] mentioned October 14th as being an immense' day for Apple, adding that the whole month of October would be very busy for stores and the company itself," Padilla writes. "Apple is also said to be planning a media event for Tuesday, September 16, coming a month ahead of the device's launch."

So, Apple will announce the iPhone 6 Sept. 16 but release it almost 30 days later? Typically, the release date is seven to 10 days after the announcement.

Padilla notes that Apple traditionally uses Fridays to put new products physically on sale, such as the iPhone at its carrier-partner retail stores. "However, the source claims that high customer demand and an ample supply due to a large production effort will motivate Apple to start iPhone 6 sales earlier in the week," Padilla writes. But if an "ample supply" exists, then why wait a month after announcing the phone to release it? Wouldn't Apple be "motivated" to release the Phone later in September, rather than wait until October? And when has an iPhone NOT been subject to "high customer demand?"

As usual, what appears at first post to be a rumor that brings clarity, only muddies the water even more.

 

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