Alleged Leaked iPhone 6 Image Points to Sept. 9 Launch Date
Rumors have long swirled that Apple is readying its next-generation smartphone, the iPhone 6, for an early September launch, and now a newly-leaked image points to the same predicted date: Tuesday, September 9.
According to the French website Nowhereelse.fr, which as a strong track record of securing legit product images ahead of Apple launches, the launch date is emblazoned on the front of the device’s quick start manual, which will come inside the phone’s packaging.
The date doesn’t come as a huge surprise. Apple typically launches its smartphones in September, and last year, the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C reared their heads on the second Tuesday of the month (Sept. 10).
If real, the image on the cover of the guide for the presumed iPhone 6 also shows a slightly different design than the current model. The shape of the volume buttons (located on the left) have been updated, as have the Sleep/Wake button on the right. The Lightning connector appears to be centered below the home button, which still includes the Touch ID sensor.
But tech site MacRumors disputes the legitimacy of the promotional materials, claiming the image is a fake. It notes that font isn’t in line with Apple’s style and doesn’t show the actual picture of the iPhone on the front, which Apple products typically do.
Nowhereelse.fr also highlights the fact that companies commonly display the launch date of its devices on promotional pictures. It continues that the “10” displayed on the calendar icon in photos is a reference to last year’s Sept. 10 launch date.
MacRumors, on the other hand, believes this references the iOS 7 launch on June 10.
Whether or not the picture is legitimate, Sept. 9 is still the frontrunner for the iPhone 6 debut date. The company is expected to launch both 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch smartphones. Rumors peg the name of the large device as iPhone 6L.
Apple is also rumored to introduce a reversible Lightning cable for the iPhone 6 that allows you to plug it into USB ports from either end, with no “right” or “wrong” side. The existing Lightning connector can plug into an iPhone or iPad in any way, but the latest design will bring the orientation flexibility to both ends of the cable.
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