iPhone 6: Bigger, Brighter, With a Release Date Earlier Than Expected

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Partners chomping at the bit to get their hands on the 2014 version of Apple’s iPhone might not have to wait a full year between device releases after all.

While not set in stone by any stretch, a new report claims that Apple and its carrier partners will begin selling the device as soon as June. This information from LEDinside, which comes via "sources from Apple’s supply chain," counters most industry predictions that expect the new hardware to launch in September or October, one year after the iPhone 5s and 5c made their debuts.

The report, however, is spot on with other rumors in one respect screen size. The sources are quoted as saying that Apple will go from four inches on the 5s to 4.7 inches on the iPhone 6, likely an attempt to keep up with Samsung and other Android manufacturers who are pumping out handsets with five-inch screens and larger.

Other reports have said that Apple will once again launch two devices this coming fall: a 4.7-inch phone and an even bigger, 5.5-inch handset that falls in the "phablet" category.

More iPhone 6 specifications from the tech site’s sources include better backlighting and a lighter frame. They claim that the next-generation iPad will get bigger as well, going from a 9.7-inch screen to one that is 12 inches.

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