iPhone 6 Rumors, Release Date, Features: New Model Event on Sept. 9, Claims Reports; Release Date Coming After That?

A report is claiming the iPhone 6 will come sooner than anticipated.

Re/Code reported that Apple will be holding an iPhone 6-related event Sept. 9. The firm is expected to launch a 4.7-inch and a 5.5-inch model.

“Apple has scheduled a big media event for Tuesday, Sept. 9 — a date to which Apple numerologists will strain to attribute significance,” Re/code wrote. “As with September events past, the focal point of this one is to be Apple’s next-generation iPhones.”

According to VentureBeat, the 4.7-inch model will be shipped in mid-September while the 5.5-inch model will come as long as a month later.

“We’ve also heard rumors that the new screens will be made of ultra-durable sapphire glass. Our source says the screens are made of an extremely hard material that’s slightly harder than Gorilla Glass but not as hard as sapphire. That corroborates an earlier video report showing that the purported iPhone 6 screen is harder than previous models’ screens but softer than sapphire crystal,” the website writes.

The Associated Press update:

Smartphones must include ‘kill switch’ under bill 
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California is on the verge of becoming the latest state to require technology that can disable smartphones when they’re stolen.

Law enforcement and consumer groups support SB962 as a way to deter thefts in response to a crime problem that has exploded nationwide. The bill by Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, passed the state Assembly 51-18 Thursday and will return to the Senate for a final vote on amendments.

Under the bill, smartphones must be sold pre-equipped with a “kill switch” that deactivates them if stolen. Such technology is already widely available to download, but the legislation would make the shut-off function standard unless a customer opts out. It does not apply to tablets or laptop computers.

“None of us should have our lives at risk because we walk down the streets with this device each and every one of us use all day long,” said Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, holding up her iPhone on the Assembly floor.

The San Francisco district attorney’s office says more than half of all robberies in the city last year included the theft of a smartphone. Supporters of the bill also cite a Consumer Reports study that estimated 3.1 million mobile devices were stolen nationally in 2013, double a year earlier.