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An iPhone 6s rumor you won’t like: Release date ‘delayed’ to September 25th in one big market

iPhone 6s Plus Release Date September

Apple on Wednesday will unveil the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus during a big media event that’ll also bring other significant announcements, including iOS 9, Apple TV and iPad Pro. The new smartphones are likely going to be the stars of the show, with Apple expected to start preorders on September 11th. However, a new rumor from Japan says the smartphone won’t be released on September 18th in Japan, as the release date has been pushed back to September 25th to coincide with the rumored launch in China.

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Japanese tech blog Macotakara, an accurate source of Apple leaks in the past, says that the iPhone 6s launch date in Japan has been pushed back to September 25th. Initially, local carriers were expected to launch it on September 18th – in fact, leaks from Japan and Germany suggested not long ago that September 18th would be the release date of the new iPhones in Apple’s initial markets.

Macotakara goes on to say that China may launch the iPhone 6s models on September 25th as well. It’s not clear if any other markets might be affected by these supposed delays.

Traditionally, Apple first launches a new iPhone in the same primary iPhone markets, Japan included. Last year, the iPhone 6 was released on September 19th in 10 markets including Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, France, Germany, the U.K., Canada, Puerto Rico and America, followed by 20 other countries on September 26th. China received the iPhone 6 almost a month after the official U.S. launch, due to various regulatory hurdles.

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 closely follows the events in 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.