Apple leaker predicts December launch for iWatch, iPhablet

iPhone 6 and iWatch. Perfect companions. iPhoto: Martin Hajek

Production issues continue to plague the 5.5-inch iPhablet, and while the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 is on target to launch in September, Apple may have just decided to pair the launch of its first wearable alongside its first foray into phablets, says one of Weibo’s top Apple leakers.

The launch of the iWatch and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 will supposedly both take place in December, according to Old Yao’s supply chain sources in China. The renowned Weibo user also accurately predicted the launch of the iPhone 5s in 2013 and was one of the first to claim the iPhone 6 would have a 5-inch screen and slimmer design.

Waiting until December for the launch of its two most anticipated products of the year would be an odd move for Apple, which likes to have all new products out by November to take full advantage of the holiday shopping season. Limited supply of both devices could make them two of the most wanted – and hardest to get – items of the season.

Mass production on the 4.7-inch iPhone began in June with Apple expected to announce the device in September, with the launch to follow a few weeks after. Production on the 5.5-inch iPhone isn’t expected to begin until September. Along with the larger screen, the iPhone 6 will supposedly have a Sapphire crystal display, A8 processor, improved camera, tougher TouchID, and will be the first device to support Apple’s mobile payments system.

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