Apple to unveil iPhone 6 'on September 9'
Tech giant Apple has scheduled a "big" media event related to the iPhone 6 for September 9
Apple will unveil the eagerly-awaited iPhone 6 on September 9, according to reports.
The technology giant has scheduled a "big" media event related to its latest mobile phone next month, Re/code has claimed.
Judging by past releases, the iPhone 6 could then go on sale to the public from Friday, September 19.
Apple has launched a new iPhone every year since it unveiled the range in 2007, selling more than 500m units since then, and has traditionally launched key products in September.
The iPhone 6, Apple's ninth iPhone model, is expected to be released in two different sizes - 4.7-inches and 5.5-inches - with the smaller of the two to be made available first.
An iPhone 6 concept by Nikola Cirkovic, which sees the screen extended across the entire width of the device
Both versions are expected to use in-cell touch panel technology - built into the screen and allowing for thinner construction than with standard touch panel films - that was introduced with the iPhone 5.
Like its predecessor, the new model is expected to come in silver, gold and space grey.
The iPhone 6 will be powered by new operating system iOS 8, which Apple unveiled at its worlwide developers conference in June.
Through iOS 8, users will be able to monitor their health and fitness via HealthKit, which aggregates numerous healthcare and fitness apps, such as blood pressure and heart rate monitors through partners including Nike, and allows them to communicate with each other.
Some of iOS 8's new features as envisioned on the current flagship iPhone 5s
Users will be able to control home appliances and other connected devices through HomeKit, Apple's connected home framework. In a similar vein to HealthKit, this app will streamline your smart devices to control them in one place. One method of control will be via Siri - for example, you could tell Siri you were “going to bed”, and it could dim the lights, lock your doors, close the garage door and set the thermostat.
With the introduction of both of these key features, it's likely the iPhone 6 will take on even more of a lifestyle device role, designed to streamline our lives and make everyday tasks easier and more efficiently executed.
Suppliers are believed to be preparing to produce up to 80m of the new handsets by the end of December, according to the Wall Street Journal.
In July, Apple announced strong financial results for its third quarter, with significant sales growth in China and profits ahead of expectations at $7.7bn (£4.5bn).
Apple did not return requests for comment.