iPhone 6 Rumors, Release Date: New Report Says Phone Will be Shipped in August; Features

The iPhone 6 will be one of the biggest launches in 2014, and yet another report is saying the release date for the smartphone will be in mid-September.

Apple is looking to ship out two different handsets–one with a 5.5-inch “phablet” display and a more typical 4.7-inch display–the first time the company has attempted to roll out a larger phone. With Samsung and other mobile device manufacturers making larger smartphones, Apple is looking to follow suit to remain competitive.

MacRumors on Friday reported that the iPhone 6 will start shipping en masse starting in late August. And a launch is expected Sept. 12, with Apple showing off the devices for the very first time officially, the report said.

The company will likely show off the features and the price of the devices at that time. Also, the phones will likely run on iOS 8, which Apple unveiled last month.

“Mass shipments of the iPhone 6 from China to the United States are expected to occur during the last two weeks of August and it is likely that Apple will announce the iPhone 6 during the first or second weeks of September. The first deliveries of the device will come later in the month on a corresponding Friday, roughly a week and a half after the event,” MacRumors said, citing a “reliable source” for its information.

There’s been a number of other reports saying the new iPhones will come out in September. The timeframe is consistent with previous Apple iPhone launches.

“It remains unknown if the September iPhone 6 event will include just the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 or both the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch variations. Early rumors pointed towards production issues that might delay the launch of the larger phone, but those problems appear to be solved and a recent rumor from Bloomberg has suggested both devices could launch at the same time,” wrote MacRumors.

A few days ago, Chinese blog Wei Feng claimed the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 would have as much as 128GB of storage, which will be the largest-ever memory for an Apple iPhone. The 4.7-inch version will also see an increase in storage, with consumers having a choice of 32GB and 64GB.

Apple has yet to announce the phone or a release date.

More rumors have claimed Foxconn and other Apple components manufacturers are starting production of the iPhone 6 in July. The Taiwanese-based firm also is said to be hiring 100,000 new workers for production.