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The latest word from the rumor mill suggests that two new iPhones from Apple will launch "as early as September," according to Japanese business publication Nikkei. The site's sources claim that Apple is well along in the production cycle for the supposed models with 4.7- and 5.5-inch screens, and that components such as the LCD driver chips and fingerprint sensors are already being produced.
Mass production of the LCD displays proper is expected to start sometime between April and June. That's bigger news than it sounds, as Apple's allegedly improving the screen resolution to compensate for the larger screens.
Speculative concept via Nikola Cirkovic
It's still not clear if all this business about two larger iPhones bears any truth, of course, although Nikkei's claims have some substance owing to similar pronouncements from The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg earlier this year. Last year Nikkei also demonstrated the accuracy of its sources when it claimed that the iPhone 5c and 5s would launch in Japan on November 20--before Apple had even revealed either device. They did.
Despite the excitement in Nikkei's phrasing, September is usually the time when new iPhones launch anyway. In this regard, Apple should be right on time. Yet there's also still a chance that Nikkei's information isn't entirely correct, as conflicting information from UBS analyst Steve Milunovich earlier this week (via MacRumors) suggests that the 5.5-inch screen might not appear this year.
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