The Apple iPhone 6 may be released in August, a month earlier than previously expected by consumers. Competitors like Samsung and HTC, experienced a high number of sales with their recent big-screen phones. In order to offset consumer flight, Apple has begun preparations to release their own big-screen iPhone 6 and has contacted Taiwanese suppliers and manufacturers.
The model that will be released in August will feature a 4.7 inch screen and is intended to offset a loss of sales spurred by the large-screen HTC and Samsung models. In September, Apple will release an even larger, 5.5 inch model of the iPhone. The current model, the iPhone 5, was released on September 12, 2012. In September of 2013, the iPhone 5S and 5C were released and are relatively similar to the original iPhone 5 but with improved battery life. The iPhone 5S includes fingerprint-recognition software, used to secure the phone and purchases made from the device.
The iPhone 6, which may be released earlier than expected, has had several rumored concepts. Notably, the iPhone 6 will allegedly come in a much smaller frame than previous versions. Accessories may include wearable heart monitors. In a video released on GottaBe Mobile, The iPhone 6 “Air” concept includes a headphone jack on the top, the fingerprint technology in the 5S, and features a screen that reaches edge-to-edge. The new iPhone 6 would run on the newest version of iOS 8, with the 5.5 inch model expected to be a little more expensive.
Best Buy has offered a trade-in for consumers who wish to swap out their old models for the newer iPhone 5S or 5C. Verizon and Sprint customers are also eligible for a half-off sale on the iPhone 5C. The trade-in sale comes exclusively with a two-year agreement, however, so one must either sign up or be eligible for an upgrade with their current plan. Trade-in phones must be in working condition and are not eligible for trade if they have cracks in their screen.
Charities and overseas retailers are eager to buy old and used iPhone models in order to recycle the technology. Apple allows an in-store trade program under its own recycle program. Apple allows customers to bring working iPhones in and may credit the customer toward the purchase of their new phone. Sites like Gazelle and Totem allow people to send in their phones and pay them via Paypal once the condition of the old iPhone has been assessed. In some states, an “ecoATM” kiosk is available to drop the phone in and get paid on the spot.
While recent sales of the Apple iPad have slowed down a bit, the iPhone is consistently one of the company’s best-selling products. Unlike the iPhone, iPad sales are not pulled into a contract that urges customers to upgrade at a discounted rate. Apple is eager to keep its phone sales high in order to offset iPad losses this quarter. To stay as competitive as other retailers, Apple may release the iPhone 6 earlier than expected.
By: James Ryder