iPhone 6 release date and price tag confirmed? 19 September could be a great day for Apple fans

Apple's iPhone 6 is not expected to be officially unveiled until later this summer, but until then, the latest rumours suggest that the release date may already have been revealed.

Back in May, it was thought that Deutsche Telekom may have broke the news early by telling customers that Apple's 2014 iPhone would be released on 19 September in an attempt to get them to upgrade their handset.

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Now it seems that further information received this week has supported this date.

A new report from the Chinese-language site, Tencent, claims that the iPhone 6 will be launched on Friday 19 September. The news, which was broken by G For Games, only mentions the 4.7in model, which may suggest that Apple will have a split release date for the larger 5.5in handset.

As speculation continues to intensify however, a report by Bloomberg suggests that both iPhone models will launch on the same date. The larger model is a notable departure for Apple, with the screen dimensions pushing the phone into phablet territory.

In any case, the most up-to-date information also points to Apple dropping the 16GB version of its new smartphone and launching with 32GB and 64GB models only.

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Tencent reports that locally the 4.7in iPhone 6 will cost 5,288 yuan (£500) for the 32GB model and 6,288 yuan (£600) for the 64GB model, but there has been little official word on the UK price tag.