Apple traditionally unveils a new phone each September, but the tech giant might unveil a new smartphone in August, according to news reports that indicate the next-generation iPhone could be taller, wider and thinner than the existing iPhone 5 model.
Apple will begin selling a 4.7-inch screen version of the iPhone 6 in August, followed by sales of a 5.5-inch or 5.6-inch model in September, according to a Reuters citation of reports from the Taiwan-based Economic Daily News. The media reports cited phone component maker Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. Ltd. and smartphone camera lens maker Largan Precision Co. Ltd. in its report that 80 million iPhone 6 handsets may be produced this year.
Images of a purported iPhone 6 were also posted on Chinese network Wei Feng, supposedly from the iPhone component factories at Foxconn in China. They show a thinner smartphone that has a wider screen. .
Apple has sold more than 500 million units of the iPhone worldwide since the product first debuted in 2007, but the company is under pressure from investors and competitors to unveil new types of products.
The company also
attempted to branch into overseas markets with an iPhone 5C, which is slightly more affordable than the flagship iPhone 5S. Without a wireless contract, the iPhone 5S costs $649, and the 5C costs $549, but it has failed to gain traction in emerging markets from customers who might want the newest phone instead.