iWatch will debut alongside iPhone 6 on September 9th.

iPhone 6 and iWatch. Perfect companions. iPhoto: Martin Hajek

Apple will unveil it’s first foray into wearables at a special event in September, reports Recode’s John Paczkowski who previously reported that Apple had an October event scheduled for the iWatch, but the plans have changed.

Rumors of production delays have hounded the iWatch over the last few months, suggesting Apple might not even reveal the device until early 2015, but according to Recode’s report, the iWatch will actually debut alongside the two new iPhone 6 models during an event on September 9th.

The iWatch (if that’s even its real name) will reportedly make extensive use of Apple’s HealthKit platform that has been added to iOS 8. It will also make use of HomeKit, though the impeccably sourced Paczkowski say’s it’s unclear how broadly or in what way.

Things could change between now and the September 9th event, but invites should be going out any day now if the event really is less than two weeks away. As for the October event, it’s likely Apple will host one in order to introduce new iPads and possibly new MacBooks.

Apple has assembled a dream team of fashion and wearables experts to ready the iWatch’s public release. The device will supposedly come in multiple sizes and feature a curved sapphire display, fitness sensors galore, and pair to the iPhone for extended functionality.

You’ll be able to get your hands on iPhone 6 ‘between 16-19 September’


September 9 seems all but officially confirmed as the date when Apple will unveil its eagerly-anticipated iPhone 6, but when can users expect to get their hands on Apple’s next generation handset?

According to a new report coming out of China — from PCinLife, the country’s top IT portal — Apple’s new flagship phone will be available in stores between the 16th and 19th of September. This tallies with another earlier rumor from May, in which a German retailer stated that the iPhone 6 would hit the market on September 19: suggesting that this date may be the global date.

Does this fit with what we’d expect? In a word, yes. The iPhone typically goes for pre-order the Friday after its unveiling, and arrives in stores for sale the Friday after that. In this case, that would put the date firmly at September 19 — meaning that would-be customers have just 24 days to wait until they’re opening their new iPhone 6 boxes.

It is worth noting, however, that this timeframe in all likelihood refers to the 4.7-inch variant of the iPhone. The rumored 5.5-inch “phablet” model (which will apparently be considerably rarer than its little brother) will apparently appear sometime in December, just in time for our Christmas lists.

Looks like the iPhone 6 charger is getting a redesign.


For years now, the tiny 5-watt charger that has shipped with the iPhone has gone more or less unchanged. But according to a new report out of China, this fall, Apple will ship a new, squatter charger with the release of the iPhone 6.

Like an iPhone charger on junk food, leaked pics show that the new charger will no longer be a perfectly round square, but instead longer than it is tall, with indentations on each side to make it easier to push or pull out of a wall.


As some commenters have already noticed, this new charger looks a lot like the Australian iPhone charger, except with U.S. prongs instead of an Australian configuration.

There’s no proof that these shots are legitimate, but if they are, it raises questions as to why Apple is changing the design after all this time. My guess is that having a more rectangular shape would allow an iPhone charger to more easily fit into crowded electrical sockets or powerstrips, but that’s only supposition.

The 5.5-inch iPhone 6 could have a Super Retina 461 PPI display.


With the iPhone 6 set to come in two separate display sizes — a 4.7-inch model, and a 5.5-model — Apple needs to increase the iPhone’s resolution to keep up. But what will the new resolutions be? Up until now, Apple has stuck with 326 pixels-per-inch for all Retina iPhones, but will larger iPhones require higher pixel densities.

Pulling out a spreadsheet, Daring Fireball’s John Gruber worked out the math for what he thinks the resolutions of the iPhone 6 will be. Using the Pythagorean Theorem, Gruber says that he thinks the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 will keep the current iPhone’s 326 pixels-per-inch, but the 5.5-inch model will have an astonishing 461 pixels-per-inch, making it practically Super Retina.

Although Gruber stresses he has no insider information, this is how he sees the exact resolutions breaking down:

• 4.7-inch display: 1334 × 750, 326 PPI
• 5.5-inch display: 2208 × 1242, 461 PPI

Gruber believes that these screens would allow Apple to easily upscale by doubling or tripling the pixels per inch of existing apps, similar to the way that non-Retina iPhone apps work on Retina iPhones. The 4.7-inch iPhone 6 would have a 1.38 times larger display, but the same pixels-per-inch as the iPhone 5, making upscaling UI elements a cinch. As for the 5.5-inch iPhone 6, UI elements would be upscaled by a factor of 3 when compared to non-Retina UI elements, but would still be backwards compatible with existing apps.

The bottom line? If Gruber’s right, the new iPhone 6 won’t just have a higher-resolution screen, but it won’t require developers to update their apps to work well on the new devices. And any fears that the bigger iPhones might be less “Retina” than the iPhone 5 have nothing to fear.

Make sure to read more of Gruber’s methodology at the link below. It’s a long but fascinating read, especially if you love math and detective work.

Foxconn factory leaks exact dimensions of iPhone 6.


Foxconn factory employees have leaked the complete dimensions of the iPhone 6, according to iGen.fr, which posted photos of what appears to be Foxconn’s internal software listing the full dimensions for both the 5.5-inch and 4.7-inch iPhone 6.

The two new phones, code named N56 and N61, are expected to be announced next month, and if the leaked specs are right, not only will the 5.5-inch iPhone have more screen than your iPhone 5s, it will also be 60% heavier.


Based on the photos, the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 will measure 158mm long, 78 mm wide, 7.1 mm thick and weigh 184.6 grams (the iPhone 5s weighs 112 grams). There’s also information on a first prototype that had similar dimensions but weighed only 168.5 grams.

Measurements for the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 are supposedly 138 mm long, 66 mm wide, and 6.9 mm thick. A weight isn’t listed for the device. Both devices feature a protruding camera lens like the one currently found on the iPod Touch.

The 5.5-inch iPhone 6’s extra will come with the benefit of extra battery power, claims iGen.fr whose source says Apple plans to use a 2915 mAh capacity battery and a LiquidMetal Apple logo on the back. The site also claims Apple wanted to add a 2.5mm headphone jack to the iPhone 6, but decided to abort the plan due to fears of customer backlash.

Leaked schematics show the iPhone 6 could come with a 128GB option, but not 32GB.


In the latest of a seemingly endless number of schematic leaks, a pair of documents obtained by GeekBar indicate that the next iPhone 6 might not come in the usual 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB varieties.

Rather, it’ll come in three flavors. 16GB. 64GB. And 128GB. But surprisingly, no 32GB.

The leaked documents suggest the iPhone 6 will have 16GB memory modules supplied by Toshiba and Hynix, while the 64GB modules will come from Hynix, Toshiba, and Sandisc. The 128GB modules, on the other hand, will come exclusively from Toshiba.

If these leaked schematics are true, it implies that Apple might drop the 32GB iPhone from its iPhone 6 line-up, offering a 16GB model for $199, then jumping to 64GB of storage for the $299 tier.

That seems strange: you’d think that Apple would instead make a 32GB iPhone the baseline if it was dead set on keeping only three pricing tiers for the next iPhone. But perhaps Apple instead hopes to expand the number of iPhone 6 storage tiers to four, and this leaked schematic is simply missing the 32GB modules, for whatever reason.

Whatever the case, we should know all starting September 9th.

Apple may postpone launch of iWatch to 2015 due to production difficulties.

Apple may postpone the launch of its long-rumored wearable device, the so-called “iWatch,” to 2015, according to noted KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

In a new research note to investors, Kuo cites the attendant difficulties of building the hardware and software of the first-generation Apple product as the primary factors in the delay of the device’s release:

We reiterate our view that iWatch, as compared to existing products, and as Apple’s (US) first attempt at a wearable device, represents a much higher level of difficulty for the company as regards component and system design, manufacturing and integration between hardware and software. While we are positive on iWatch and believe that the advantages of the design and business model behind it are difficult to copy, we think, given the aforementioned challenges, that the launch could be postponed to 2015.

Kuo previously pointed out the relative complication of building the iWatch in a note to investors last month. In his note, he also claimed that the complication could be ascribed to the iWatch’s having a sapphire crystal cover, a flexible AMOLED display, and higher waterproof standards than other top-line Apple devices.

Kuo also predicted that the iWatch would go into mass production in November.

Apple is expected to introduce the iWatch in October. A projected 2015 launch suggests that the company is likely to introduce the rumored smart watch months before it officially hits the market, as was the case with the original iPhone, the original iPad, and the latest Mac Pro.