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Wildest rumor yet claims iPhone 6s might launch sooner than we thought

Published May 18th, 2015 3:51PM EDT
iPhone 6s Plus Release Date
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Apple is already working on the next-generation iPhone 6s models, even though the current generation of devices is still a strong seller in stores. Multiple reports from sources familiar with Apple’s plans claim the iPhone 6s will be a significant upgrade over its predecessor, but the wildest iPhone 6s rumor yet says Apple might launch the new models much sooner than anticipated.

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Starting with the iPhone 4S, all of Apple’s smartphones have been released in the September/October timeframe in the U.S. and other markets, followed by a gradual launch in other international markets. Now, Chinese publication Economic Daily News has two reports out saying that Apple might be ready to launch the iPhone 6s a month earlier than expected.

Apparently, supply chain sources familiar with the matter say the company has production of the iPhone 6s underway, and component yields are much better than expected. As a result, Apple would be able to launch the new 4.7-inch iPhone 6s and 5.5-inch iPhone 6s Plus as soon as August, if it wanted to.

Naturally, that’s assuming iOS 9 will also be ready to roll out at that time – with each new iPhone release, Apple also launches its latest mobile operating system.

The reports indicate that the new iPhone 6s models will look like their predecessors, mentioning various others rumors that have been recently published online. The new iPhone should come in two sizes, matching last year’s models, and pack 2GB of RAM, new 12-megapixel camera, Force Touch support and an improved aluminum alloy housing to prevent bending.

Interestingly, Samsung also reportedly has plans to launch the Galaxy Note 5 earlier than expected this year, in an effort to beat the iPhone 6s Plus to market. The recent report in question says the Galaxy Note 5 might launch as soon as July, instead of the expected IFA 2015 September launch.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.