When will the next iPhone come out? Will it be called iPhone 6, new iPhone or something else? (Technically it'll be the 9th iPhone). And can we expect a bigger iPhone to launch in 2014? (Hint: yes). Read on for all the latest iPhone 6 release date rumours, plus clues about the new iPhone's specs and features, leaked images and artists' mockup illustrations. We'll update this article as new iPhone 6 rumours come in. 

We updated this article on 31 July with a new October release date rumour. On 29 July, the updates included a new hands-on video of a convincing iPhone 6 mock-up, and new rumours about the iPhone 6's specs and mobile payment service features. To skip straight to the leaked images and videos, go to our iPhone 6 leaked image page. If you want to know everything there is to know about iPhone 6 speculation, keep reading!

If you are looking specifically for rumours about the 5.5in iPhone Air phablet, you should visit our iPhone Air release date rumours.

The iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s are already rapidly approaching their first birthday, so Apple watchers have been looking ahead to the next iPhone, dubbed iPhone 6, new iPhone or iPhone 2014. When will the new iPhone 6 launch? How much will it cost in the UK? And what features and specifications can we expect? Will the iPhone 6 have a bigger screen? Here, we bring you the latest speculation to help answer those questions about the new iPhone 6.

Of course, we're talking about Apple here, so the iPhone 6 hasn't officially been announced yet and nothing is for certain. That hasn't stopped lots of juicy iPhone 6 rumours floating around, though. Not everything here will be accurate, but we'll try to give you an idea of how plausible each rumour is.

Wondering whether to buy a Samsung Galaxy S5? Read our comparison review of the iPhone 5s and Galaxy S5. Also: read our article on whether to wait for the iPhone 6.

We've also written a preview comparison of the iPhone 5s and iPhone 6 to help you know what to expect.

We've got five juicy pages worth of iPhone 6 rumours here for you to delve into. Each page is overflowing with speculation, rumours, images and evidence that help paint a picture of what we can expect from Apple's next iPhone. If there's something in particular you're looking for, you can follow the links below to be transported to the relevant page. Alternatively, sit back, relax and take in all the information about the iPhone 6 at your leisure.

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iPhone 6 predictions: Isn't Apple too secretive for us to know anything?

Second-guessing Apple is traditionally a mug's game, but the legendarily secretive company has eased up under Tim Cook, and almost all the announcements at its September 2013 press event had been correctly predicted beforehand. (Admittedly, plenty of predictions had been made that didn't come true, but pretty much everything that was announced came as no surprise to Apple rumour followers.) 

Particularly accurate were the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s rumours, many of which were completely true, including new iPhone colours and new features of the iPhones. Even the fingerprint sensor was discussed in the lead up to the event.

As we discuss elsewhere, Apple isn't quite as secretive as it used to be. (Compare today's Apple, where the software and hardware design teams work hand in hand under Sir Jony Ive's supervision, to the crazy days leading up the first iPhone's launch, when half the team didn't even know what the interface would look like).

New iPhone 6 release date: When will the iPhone 6 come out?

The iPhone line-up gets refreshed roughly once a year. The iPhone 6 is therefore likely to launch in 2014, around a year later than the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, which were unveiled on 10 September 2013 and hit the shelves on 20 September. 

We've heard lots of general predictions of the iPhone 6 launch date, and even some specific dates that seem to match up. German carrier Deutsche Telekom has allegedly told Apple blog Apfelpage.de that the iPhone 6 will be released on 19 September, after being announced by Apple on 9 September. We can't be certain that this rumour is true, but it seems like a pretty solid guess to us, so definitely don't rule it out.

This rumour has been backed up by Chinese website Tencent, which says the 4.7in iPhone 6 will arrive on 19 September, with no 16GB model available. Instead, Apple will launch a 32GB and 64GB iPhone 6, the site says.

On 3 July, rumours emerged from China suggesting that Apple will announce its iPhone 6 on 15 September, 10 days before it becomes available to buy on 25 September. The report comes from China.com, which claims to have spoken to industry sources with knowledge of Apple's plans.

We're not entirely convinced by this rumour, particularly because Apple tends to begin sales of its new iPhones on Fridays, and the 25 September is a Thursday. We're more convinced by the previous 19 September rumours.

The report also claims that the 5.5in iPhone that has been widely rumoured since the beginning of the year will be called the 'iPhone Air'. Find out more about the rumoured iPhone Air here.

NEW: At the end of July, MacRumors published a report that cites a source who claims that the iPhone 6 event is scheduled for 16 September, but that it won't hit the shelves until 14 October. This seems quite unlikely to us, as the release of iPhones normally falls on a Friday but 14 October is a Tuesday. Plus, we don't think Apple would keep us waiting a whole month after it has first unveiled the device. Of course, it could be a tactic to stop people switching to Android when there's no iPhone launch in September.

Some analysts and Apple watchers had suggested that the iPhone 6 would arrive at Apple's WWDC event, but Apple didn't announce any hardware during the event, sticking to showing off iOS 8 and OS X 10.10 Yosemite instead.

One recent release date rumour suggests that Apple may decide to launch the 4.7in iPhone 6 in August, followed by a bigger, 5.5in model in September. These rumours come from Taiwan's Economic Daily News, which claims that unnamed supply-chain sources say an August iPhone event is possible.

We think it's unlikely that Apple will launch two iPhones within such a short period of time, unless it decides to unveil both iPhones at an August event with the first, smaller model becoming available to buy sooner than the 5.5in model, which would go on sale slightly later.

It's believed that Apple retail stores have begun blacking out holiday dates for employees in September, which is usually a sign that something big is coming on those dates – probably the iPhone 6. That's according to iFun, which cites anonymous sources in its report that suggests a September launch for iPhone 6 is happening after all. It's believed that iPhone 6 production has already begun, and that Apple manufacturer Foxconn has hired 100,000 new employees to help build the device.

The calls for Apple to release its new iPhone 6 earlier than the usual September time frame have actually come from Sony's mobile chief, Pierre Perron. Perron told The Inquirer: Apple is "missing out" by only releasing yearly iPhone refreshes, instead of flooding the market with incremental updates every few months. Perron believes that people will always want the most up to date phone and technology moves more rapidly than a yearly cycle allows.

Forbes contributor Chuck Jones has also suggested that Apple shouldn't wait until September to announce the iPhone 6, because competition means the company is losing sales to competitors with bigger-screened smartphones.

Overall, we think that the September launch option is most plausible based on Apple's launch history.

Whenever the iPhone 6 arrives, it's expected to be a big one, both in size and popularity. According to research firm ISI, we're about to see "the 'mother lode' of all Apple upgrade cycles" when Apple releases two new iPhones with bigger screens this year. It's thought that iPhone 6 sales may be 20 per cent higher than iPhone 5s.

Apple has allegedly placed a huge order for 70 to 80 million 4.7in and 5.5in iPhones by year end, which is more than the 50 to 60 million iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C orders that are believed to have been placed by Apple last year.

 That's according to The Wall Street Journal, which claims Apple has asked component makers to prepare for up to 120 million iPhones in case there is a higher failure rate for the larger displays.

"'Large-screen envy' is prevalent among the iPhone installed base and we believe a 5in form-factor iPhone would spark a massive upgrade cycle as well as many 'Android switchers' returning back to the iPhone," said ISI. Samsung has been playing on the idea of screen envy in the latest in a string of Apple-bashing ads, this time talking about the iPhone 6. Look closely and you might spot a familiar website. Cheeky Samsung. 

Plus, research carried out by gonedigging.co.uk found that 41 per cent of 2,142 UK respondents said the most highly anticipated gadget of 2014 is iPhone 6, above iWatch, Google Glass and Amazon's new Fire Phone.

Taiwan's Topology Research Institute predicted in June that Apple will sell 80 million units of iPhone 6 by the end of 2014, at an average of 20 million units per month from September to December.

The research company expects that the 4.7in iPhone will be the biggest seller, accounting for the majority of the sales, while 10 million will be the 5.5in iPhone expected alongside the smaller device.

Either way, an Apple fan and blogger in Japan was keen to be first in line for the iPhone 6, so actually turned up outside an Apple Store in Ginza to wait for the new iPhone to launch. However, his wait was short-lived, as he soon discovered he might haveto wait for seven months, an idea that seems to have put him off. I expect we'll see him return a bit nearer the release date!

Apple has launched an improved reuse and recycle program to try and encourage people to upgrade to a new iPhone now, as iPhone sales struggle in the run up to the iPhone 6. Find out how much your iPhone is worth in the programme here.

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