iPhone 6 Confirmed for Sept-Oct Release Dates as Apple Buoyed by 39M iPhone June Sales Forecast – Reports
By Erik Pineda | June 11, 2014 1:14 PM EST
For starters, Brian White of Cantor Fitzgerald boldly predicted that the first Apple phablet will surely come out this year, in fact as early as October 2014. According to BGR, White's latest research note declared: "We are confident that the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 will be launched this year."
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iPhone 6 in Sam Beckett's concept video
The analyst further shared that the regular-size iPhone 6 is indeed touching down in September, a forecast that is aligned with other analysts' visions - including that of Ming-chi Kuo of KGI Securities.
"Our research indicates that Apple will launch the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 in September, and we believe the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 could be announced at a similar time or shortly thereafter in October," the Cantor report was quoted by BGR as saying.
It is clear, however, that White is in disagreement with Kuo, who has maintained in earlier statements that the iPhone 6 phablet production is dealing with issues, which could push the device's market device as far back as January 2015.
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Apart from the iPhone 6 variants, the White report also offered key details about the iWatch, volume production of which is allegedly underway. As such, the Apple smartwatch should hit store shelves worldwide starting on September or around the same time that the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 will roll out, White told BGR.
But the analyst is contradicting numerous reports that the iWatch will not be out until October 2014, though it must be recalled, BGR said, that White was right on his past calls about the first iPad Mini in 2012 and the iPhone 5C in the following year.
Regardless if the projections would turn out as true, Apple may just go ahead and push out the new iPhones and other iOS devices starting on September this year as the tech giant would want to immediately follow through on what Morgan Stanley described as a blockbuster Q2 2014 ending for the company, in terms of sales for existing iPhone models.
Per Apple Insider, Apple will close out the June quarter this year with around 39 million of iPhone units shipped out and sold, said the investment firm, adding that the figures would be significant improvements from the iPhone shipments registered in the corresponding periods in 2012 and 2013.
According to Morgan Stanley's Katy Huberty, the iPhone's June performance will far exceed that of market expectations, which set the total iPhone sales for the third quarter of 2014 at 35 million units, tops.
Earlier, Huberty said that Apple will be on the roll come the second half of the year. In her note issued in late April, the analyst said the iPhone maker will benefit from an avalanche of upgraders as existing iPhone 4, 4S and iPhone 5, 5S owners will surely ditch their handsets in favour of the large-screen iPhone 6.
So on its release date later in the year, the iOS 8-powered iPhone 6 will banner the possibility of Apple scooping up more than 66 million unit sales at the end of December 2014, said the Morgan Stanley report.
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