Apple's iPhone 6 will be announced on September 15, go on sale September 25, and the 5.5-inch model will be called iPhone Air. So claim insider sources in China.
If the sources are right, Apple will be releasing the next iPhone model on a Thursday instead of Friday. The company first used the "Air" moniker to denote its smaller MacBook model, but later used it for the full-size iPad. Adding it to the bigger-size iPhone would fit with the iPad naming style, but unless the smaller size iPhone becomes "iPhone mini," there won't be much consistency in the company's naming practices.
The insider sources claiming to know the iPhone 6's official launch date and new product name comes courtesy of the Chinese media, according to G4 Games.
Several rumors claim Apple will be releasing 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone models this fall, bumping up the smartphone's screen size from the iPhone 5S's 4-inches. Rumors also claim the next iPhone will sport a thinner redesigned body that matches the iPad Air and iPad mini, include better cameras, and the 5.5-inch model may be available in a 128GB version.
It's likely Apple will release the next iPhone model -- or models -- in September because that fits with the company's track record. Thursday's, however, typically aren't part of the new product release schedule. Another rumor claims the iPhone 6 will ship on September 19, which happens to be a Friday.
Apple hasn't made any comments about its plans for the next iPhone model, so for now we have to assume everything we hear about what's coming is just a rumor. And the iPhone Air on September 25 report? That one comes with a big grain of salt.