According to the ever-reliable John Paczkowski at Re/code, Apple’s next big media event is scheduled for September 9th. Given the past trend of iPhone launches, it’s safe to assume this will be the event in which Apple will introduce the iPhone 6 (or whatever it ends up being called).
“Apple has scheduled a big media event for Tuesday, Sept. 9 — a date to which Apple numerologists will strain to attribute significance. As with September events past, the focal point of this one is to be Apple’s next-generation iPhones, which are expected to feature larger displays of 4.7 and 5.5 inches and run speedy new A8 processors. Apple declined comment.”
In previous years, when there’s been an event on the Tuesday or Wednesday, Apple will traditionally release the device to the public a week and a half later, on the Friday. That gives us a release date of September 19, with a pre-order date of one week earlier on September 12 (if Cupertino decides to give us pre-orders this year). In 2013 Apple famously didn’t offer pre-orders for its flagship iPhone 5s, but did make the iPhone 5c available. With it only having happened this way once, it’d be foolish to claim it as an established pattern.
From what we’ve seen so far from leaks and rumors, the iPhone 6 is likely to have a larger display and have an entirely new design. The edges on all the early prototypes have been rounded, with an all-metal back featuring similar black plastic antenna-gaps to the HTC One series.