Apple won’t launch 5.5-inch iPhone 6 at Sept. 9th event

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The official unveiling of the iPhone 6 has finally been announced for September 9th, and while the iWatch has been rumored to make a surprise appearance at the event, “informed sources” out of China report that Apple’s 5.5-inch iPhone 6 won’t be seen at the Flint Center for performing arts.

Chinese tech blog IT168 Mobile reports that Apple’s upcoming event will launch two new iPhones, but we will only see a 4.7-inch iPhone 6, plus a new 8GB iPhone 5s to presumably to replace the iPhone 5c.

“News from informed sources, said Apple’s press conference on September 9 will only launch 4.7 inches 8GB version of iPhone 6 and iPhone 5s, instead of a 5.5 inch version of iPhone 6.”

We can’t verify the accuracy of the report and IT168 has a practically non existent track record with Apple rumors, so feel free to take this rumor with a grain of salt. However, 5.5-inch iPhone 6 hardware leaks have been hard to come by over the last few months, while we could nearly make a working 4.7-inch iPhone 6 off the flood of leaked components we’ve seen.

Production issues have reportedly been an issue for the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 as Apple has been struggling to produce the sapphire glass display that may debut on the device.

Apple is also expected to host an event in October to reveal new iPads and might now add the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 to the lineup with a limited launch later this year. Along with the new iPhones, Apple is expected to introduce its first wearable device at the event on September 9th that will be tied into Apple’s new HealthKit and HomeKit platforms.

  • Andrew Nig

    I’m not one to complain, but please, proofread. :)

    • dcj001

      In order to be able to proofread, one must be able to read.

  • Ian Moffatt

    ‘The official unveiling of the iPhone 6 has finally been announced for September 9th’

    No, it hasn’t.

    • lucascott

      An event on the 9th has been officially confirmed and invited. Although you are correct that no where did Apple say the phone was being addressed at that event.

      That said, I could just as easily say I have a source that says that there is no 5.5 iPhone and the 5S will not be continued but rather an 8GB model is being added to the 6C which will fill the same role the 5C did for the 5S

  • Bob Level

    I hope this particular rumor is bogus because I will be waiting no later than the end of sept. for the 5.5″, or just get the GS3 or Note 4 if avail.

  • dcj001

    “News from informed sources, said Apple’s press conference on September 9 will only launch 4.7 inches 8GB version of iPhone 6 and iPhone 5s, instead of a 5.5 inch version of iPhone 6.”

    This entire sentence is garbage.

  • Marcus

    There most certainly won’t be any new 8GB phones announced next month. That statement alone destroys all credibility for this “rumor.”

  • Steve Chavez

    I don’t buy this rumor at all… i especially don’t buy the 8GB 5s to replace the 16GB 5c… (which also has a 32GB option as well)

  • Steven Burgas

    I like how you state this rumor as though it is fact.

    Idiots.

  • dshan

    There, probably, is no such thing as the 5.5″ iPhone. It’s likely been the misidentification of a new smaller iPad (and/or a new premium iPod touch) by the rumor mill. It hasn’t been “delayed”, it’s on schedule to be released along with the other new iPads in October.

    Phablets are ugly, unwieldy frankenphones that appeal to only a small segment of the public. Apple don’t make ugly, unwieldy things for niche markets. They realise that the practical size limit for a phone, as opposed to a tablet, is between 4″ and 5″ and that’s exactly where the 4.7″ iPhone 6 will sit. Bigger, but not too much bigger.

  • PMB01

    I knew this months ago. A 5.5″ iPhone was never going to be released. Anyone that’s ever thought that was going to happen doesn’t know Apple at all.

  • Martin

    I just hope that the basic model of the iPhone 6 comes with 32Gb because the presents 16 Gb are too short for my use.

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