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August 6, 2014

iPhone 6 release date unveiled

Next generation Apple flagship release imminent.

By Ben Sullivan

Apple will finally unveil the iPhone 6 on the 9th September.

The firm has booked in a media event for next month, and Re/code reckons it’s to announce the next generation iPhone.

With a new iPhone being launched every year since 2006, the devices are traditionally launched in September, so the reports seem likely to be true.

The iPhone 6 is expected to come in two different flavours, one with a 4.7-inch screen, and another with a larger 5.5-inch screen. The smaller device is expcted to be released first. This would follow on from last September when Apple launched both the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5C. Re/code did not cite any sources, and Apple has not yet responded to emails seeking comment.

Analysts expect the larger of the two iPhone 6 models to go head to head with larger-screened competitors such as Samsung’s phablets.

Apple is reportedly in talks with several major credit card companies regarding implementing mobile payment technology into the iPhone 6.

A successful deal would see iPhone users able to pay for goods both online and in-store using the mobile device instead of cash, and could also extend to managing tools such as loyalty cards and vouchers.

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Apple could also introduce near-field communication (NFC) technology into new devices, which allow so-called ‘tap and pay" contactless services similar to those used by the likes of Barclaycard and Mastercard. Alternatively, its digital wallet could use existing Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connections to facilitate the payments.

Last month, Foxconn, the Taiwanese iPhone manufacturer, has announced it is hiring 100,000 new workers to begin production of the iPhone 6.

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