iPhone 6 Release Date Tipped For September, 4.7in 1704x960 Display In Tow
Itâ€™s the one weâ€™ve been waiting for: an iPhone with an Android-sized display, and component makers within Appleâ€™s supply chain reckon sales of the iPhone 6 will exceed 2013â€™s iPhone 5s by as much as 20%.
Appleâ€™s next-generation iPhones â€“ one with a 4.7in display, the other a 5.5in phablet â€“ are expected later this year; the 4.7in variant is tipped to appear in August, while the larger, phablet-sized version will get a release during Q4, just in time for the holidays.
News of the early release was originally reported by Reuters: â€œApple 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.â€
Total iPhone sales in the December 2013 quarter were up just 6.7% year-on-year, a much slower growth rate than previous years. With 2014â€™s iPhones, weâ€™re looking at redesigned bodywork, a larger display and plenty of new features. And this, according to Apple Insider, will result in a sales bump of around 20% compared to last yearâ€™s iPhone 5s.
Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty reckons the bill of materials (BOD) for Appleâ€™s next-generation iPhones will be around $20 to $30 more than the iPhone 5s. The bulk of which can be attributed to the handsetsâ€™ larger display panels and newer components and sensors.
This shouldnâ€™t affect the pricing too much, though.
â€œWe don't detect any abnormal component pricing pressure from Apple suggesting lower inventory, deprecation, and warranty costs along with the potential for a modest price increase and/or NAND mix change may help digest the higher (bill of materials),â€ wrote Huberty in a note to investors. http://www.knowyourmobile.com/apple/apple-iphone-6/19763/iphone-6 etc ...