Apple is tentatively planning to announce the latest update to the iPhone in mid-September, according to a report from Mark Gurman at 9to5 Mac.
The event will most likely take place during the second or third week of September, but may be moved around because of “manufacturing uncertainties.” Apple is slated to showcase a new version of the iPhone with a 4.7 inch screen at the event. It’s also possible that a “phablet” with a 5.5 inch screen could make an appearance, but Apple reportedly hasn’t decided whether it will launch that device.
In addition, the company is slated to use the event to announce the release date for iOS 8, the latest version of its mobile operating system. According to the report, Apple plans to release a “fifth and likely final” beta version of the OS to developers around August 4, and then complete development on a golden master version of iOS 8 in late August or early September.
The schedule sounds reasonable, considering Apple’s past actions. The company usually releases between five and eight beta versions of a major iOS update, and typically announces new iPhones in September after the launch of the iPhone 4S.
The launch of a new iPhone will be good news for the company, especially with the current crop of rumors about its capabilities. Apple CFO Luca Maestri said during the company’s quarterly earnings conference call earlier this week that rumors about future products have hurt sales of the current iPhone models.