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According to Chinese media reports, Apple’s upcoming iPhone 6 will be introduced at a media event to be held on Friday, September 19.

The following Thursday, September 25, the device is expected to launch across U.S. carriers and in Apple’s key international markets.

According to sources, a 5.5-inch variant of the iPhone 6 will be marketed under the iPhone Air moniker.

This would be similar to this year’s distinction between the iPad mini and iPad Air lineup. Also, this name change would reflect the bigger model’s thinness and compactness…

Citing “inside sources,” GforGames passes along report by Chinese media sources [Google translate] who believe that an entry-level iPhone Air with sixteen gigabytes of storage will retail in China for 5,998 yuan, which works out to about $965. The 4.7-inch version is said to start at 5,288 yuan ($850) for the 32GB edition, matching the current price of the 16GB iPhone 5s in the country.

Specifically, the 16/32GB iPhone 5s currently sells for 5,288/6,088 yuan in China. Carriers China Mobile and China Unicom are said to be testing their 4G network on an iPhone 6 prototype.

The September 25 launch sounds a little unusual. September 25 is a Thursday and Apple typically releases major new products on Fridays. Also, I’m not sure about the iPhone Air name – but then again, we have the iPad Air, don’t we?

At any rate, past two iPhone launches were in September so it’s safe to assume that the new iPhones would arrive in September as well. This rumor somewhat matches up nicely with previous reports calling for the September 19 unveiling.

For instance, German telecom operator Deutsche Telekom reportedly instructed its call center representatives to encourage customers whose contracts are expiring to stay loyal because the next iPhone would get introduced on September 19.

Soon after, a Chinese outlet corroborated September 19 as the most likely 4.7-inch iPhone 6 launch date, adding that Apple would provide the device in 16 and 32GB varieties, dropping the entry-level model with sixteen gigabytes of storage.

One thing is certain: September can’t come soon enough.

  • Sachin

    Can’t wait for iPhone 6. I have high hopes from Apple. 🙂

    • Anmol Malhotra

      And I have high prices from Apple 🙂 -_-

      • WaterTrooper

        Yeah I can’t wait either.

      • Chris

        I think you’ve confused Apple with Samsung

      • Rowan09

        This is so true. People want huge phones and smaller tablets

      • Glorin

        you found the wrong pattern… go have a nap

      • Guest

        “Think Different the Same”

      • Antzboogie

        We have a troll here alert alert.

      • Tobias9413

        You didn’t read the article did you? These are china prices. Their prices are way higher because of taxes and what not. If anything, this iPhone will cost the same as the 5S with contract.

  • Tony Trenkle Jr.

    Wait I thought they were dropping the 16GB? Also you have an error in this sentence: “adding that Apple would provide the device in 16 and 32GB varieties, dropping the entry-level model with sixteen gigabytes of storage”. You say 16 twice. I think you meant 32 and 64.

    • Tony

      Exactly what I was thinking, either this rumor is way off base or the previous report of dropping 16gb was wrong. Very disappointed if 32gb isn’t the new standard.

      • Tony Trenkle Jr.

        I got confused there for a minute with the same name. lol but yeah I Agree. I was hoping to get the 64GB one if the prices kept the same.

  • Chris

    The price of the iPhone 6 will be the key factor especially from my standpoint as I couldn’t afford to buy my 5S outright due to the face it cost over $1000, hopefully the trade-in program does launch this week or next week so I and other Australian’s can actually continue to purchase iDevices which are normally always $300-400 more expensive than the rest of the international market.

    • Andy

      No need to complain mate, I just checked Apple Australia’s prices and they’re nowhere near as expensive as in Europe (I’ll use Ireland as an example). An iPhone 5s (16GB) costs AU$869 (€597), here it’s €699. An iPad Air (16GB Wi-Fi) is AU$598 (€411) while it’s €489 here.

  • chjode

    Both of those dates are wrong. Apple generally holds media events early to mid-week (Monday-Wednesday) and iPhones launch on Fridays for a big weekend of sales.

  • Andrew Roth

    “provide the device in 16 and 32GB varieties, dropping the entry-level model with sixteen gigabytes of storage.”

    They’ll offer a 16 GB version, dropping the sixteen gigabyte version. Uhm…

    • daftcinema

      They’re gonna have 0GB storage, you’ll have to get a mophie case with 64GB storage… it’s a new partnership that’ll save YOU the consumer money in the end 🙂

      • Andrew Roth