iPhone 6s might launch as soon as August

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The iPhone 6s may arrive sooner than expected.
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Ever since the release of the iPhone 4s Apple has launched its annual smartphone updates in September, but according to supply chain sources, the production of iPhone 6s components is going so well, Apple might be able to launch the device sooner than expected.

Apple is already lining up component suppliers for the next-generation iPhone and according to Chinese media citing supply chain sources, it’s already ahead of schedule. Yields for iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus components are reportedly so good that it could allow Apple to move the release date forward to August.

If true, this would be the first time ever that iPhone component suppliers have been able to get ahead of the demand, but don’t get ready to bust out your credit card just yet. Even if the hardware is ahead of schedule, Apple still needs to fine-tune iOS 9, which hasn’t even entered beta testing among developers.

Full details of iOS 9 are expected to be announced next month at WWDC, alongside a new Apple TV with an App Store and Siri integration. Apple usually pushes out its major updates to iOS a few weeks before the launch of a new iPhone. However, if both the hardware and software are ready early, the launch date could be moved up.

An early launch would be unprecedented for Apple who pushed its annual release schedule back from June to September with the iPhone 4s. The iPhone 6s is expected to be one of the biggest incremental upgrades Apple’s ever released. New features are expected to include a Force Touch display, 2GB of RAM, an improved 12MP camera, a strengthened shell, and improved Touch ID.

Source: UDN