You’ll be able to get your hands on iPhone 6 ‘between 16-19 September’

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This happy chap could be you roughly 24 days from now.

September 9 seems all but officially confirmed as the date when Apple will unveil its eagerly-anticipated iPhone 6, but when can users expect to get their hands on Apple’s next generation handset?

According to a new report coming out of China — from PCinLife, the country’s top IT portal — Apple’s new flagship phone will be available in stores between the 16th and 19th of September. This tallies with another earlier rumor from May, in which a German retailer stated that the iPhone 6 would hit the market on September 19: suggesting that this date may be the global date.

Does this fit with what we’d expect? In a word, yes. The iPhone typically goes for pre-order the Friday after its unveiling, and arrives in stores for sale the Friday after that. In this case, that would put the date firmly at September 19 — meaning that would-be customers have just 24 days to wait until they’re opening their new iPhone 6 boxes.

It is worth noting, however, that this timeframe in all likelihood refers to the 4.7-inch variant of the iPhone. The rumored 5.5-inch “phablet” model (which will apparently be considerably rarer than its little brother) will apparently appear sometime in December, just in time for our Christmas lists.

About the author

Luke DormehlLuke Dormehl is a UK-based journalist and author, with a background working in documentary film for Channel 4 and the BBC. He is the author of The Formula: How Algorithms Solve All Our Problems, And Create More and The Apple Revolution, both published by Penguin/Random House. His tech writing has also appeared in Wired, Fast Company, Techmeme, and other publications. He'd like you a lot if you followed him on Twitter.

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