The iPhone 6 release date may have been revealed thanks to a German mobile phone network operator.
The company has been encouraging its customers to extend their phone contracts until the arrival of the iPhone 6 on 19th September.
This would make the iPhone 6 release date exactly one year after the iPhone 5S was made available, and would also fall in line with most previous iPhone launches.
The news comes via German publication Apfelpage, which reports that Deutsche Telekom Call Centre staff are telling customers the iPhone 6 release date will occur on September 19.
If true this would likely represent a severe breach of the agreement the operator would have made with Apple in order for it to learn more about the upcoming phone. It’s also particularly surprising that any such information would have been disseminated to call centre level staff so long before the launch.
Neither Apple no Deutsche Telekom are yet to comment on the story.
The iPhone 6 is expected to be only the second major redesign of the iPhone, following the move from a 3.5inch screen to a 4inch screen with the iPhone 5.
This new model is rumoured to jump up to a 4.7inch display with 960 x 1704 pixels, making it much more of a direct competitor to the larger Android phones like the HTC One M8 and Samsung Galaxy S5. This wouldn’t actually match the pixel density of those phones but at 416ppi it would be a marked improvement over the iPhone 5S’ 326ppi.
The new phone is also expected to feature the A8 processor, which won’t bring a huge performance boost but instead focus on reducing power consumption and thus increasing battery life.
It’s also expected to debut the latest version of iOS, iOS8 which is rumoured to bring new health and home automation interfaces.