Saturday, April 30, 2011

iPhone 6 Release Date Rumors

Believe it or not, the iPhone 6 release date is already on the radar and rumor has it that the new iPhone 6 launch will be coming sometime in the first half of 2012 according to MacRumors (via Concord Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo):
"Kuo claims that the sixth-generation iPhone will be the model to carry a substantial redesign and could launch in the first half of 2012, even with a later-than-usual introduction of 2011's iPhone model."
The 2011 iPhone model Kuo is referring to is the iPhone 5.  If you're not up to speed on the iPhone 5, check out the rumors and speculation circulating around the iPhone 5 release date and then come back to see how the iPhone 5 release date ties together with the iPhone 6 release date rumors.

For starters, there's definitely a lot of buzz surrounding the iPhone 5 release date as the speculation floating around the blogosphere is that the typical June / July iPhone release date is not going to happen this year.  Instead, all rumors are pointing to the iPhone 5 release date being pushed into the later summer / early fall.  These rumors also point towards a consolidated iPhone model compatible with both AT&T / Verizon wireless networks.  In short, one world iPhone 5 with a wireless chip that will enable the new iPhone 5 to work on either wireless network.
iPhone 6 Rumors
Rumor has it that the iPhone 5 form factor is supposed to resemble the iPhone 4, but it looks like a new A5 dual core processor will be found under the hood and it will be driving a major software update - Apple's new IOS 5 currently in development.

Kuo notes that the iPhone 5 should set the stage for an iPhone 6 release date that brings with it a fully redesigned iPhone 6.  With the speed at which competitive Android smartphones have been coming to the market on the back of rapidly releasing new mobile technology (hardware and software), it only makes sense that Apple will move to a more frequent iPhone launch cycle to remain competitive.  No complaints here!

If you have more fuel to throw onto the iPhone 6 release date or the iPhone rumor mill, have at it in the comments!

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