iPhone 6 Release Date Coming Sooner Than First Thought

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Apple will buck its recent trend of unveiling its newest and shiniest iPhone in the early fall, a new report says.

Look for the Silicon Valley giant to put its iPhone 6 up for sale in August. That comes from supply-chain sources who told Taiwan’s Economic Daily News what fans of Apple’s iconic device had been hoping to hear.

Furthermore, the story backs up speculation that Apple will actually introduce two new smartphones this year – a 4.7-inch version of the iPhone 6 in August, following that up with a model that measures 5.5 or 5.6 inches just a month later. The company’s manufacturers will produce a whopping 80 million iPhone 6 handsets this year, the sources said. That’s counter to a story last month which said the so-far-only legendary iPhone “phablet” would be delayed into 2015.

Apple is facing pressure from rivals such as Samsung that are producing more and more smartphones with screen sizes of five inches or more. The display on Apple’s iPhone 5s is only four inches.

Representatives from Apple and a pair of the company’s parts manufacturers did not return Reuters’ calls for a comment on the story.

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