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iPhone 6: Early Release-Date Momentum Builds for 'Blockbuster' Handset

By Craig Galbraith
December 18, 2013 - News

**Editor's Note: Click here for our list of November's hottest selling smartphones to see how the iPhone fared against the competition.**

Might Apple's next iPhone be released earlier than September or October, the months to which we are now accustomed?

The iPhone 6 is predicted to be a "blockbuster" with a "large-screen option."Most predictions from industry insiders are centered around those traditional months, but Mehdi Hosseini, an analyst with Susquehanna Financial Group, is out with a new report in Investors Business Daily that predicts a release date of June or July 2014. As anticipated, the iPhone 6 should be "a more meaningful product refresh" than its predecessors – the iPhone 5s and 5c – which debuted in September. No surprise there, since Apple seems to be going with bigger hardware overhauls now in even years.

Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster is on the early-release bandwagon. His latest research note predicts that not only will there be less than a year between iPhone debuts this time around, but that it will be a "blockbuster" and offer a "large-screen option," Design & Trend noted. Previous reports haven't exactly narrowed down a screen size; pundits have been guessing that the iPhone 6 will have a display between 4.5 and 5.5. inches. The one thing they've all had in common — it'll be bigger than previous models.

As is typical with every Apple release, speculation is rampant, even months ahead of the product's debut. Predictions for specs run the gamut, from the traditional camera and processor upgrades to a retina scanner that would take this year's TouchID to another level.

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