iPhone 6 Release Date Scheduled for Fall as Manufacturing Should Finish by September

The iPhone 6 release date should be sometime in the fall as manufacturing of the 4.7-inch model will start in July.

A new report from Digitimes states that Foxxconn will be the primary manufacturer of the iPhone 6 supplying 70 percent of the expected shipments of the 4.7-inch version in 2015. The 5.5-inch model will enter into production August, according to the same report.

"The 4- and 4.7-inch iPhones will be the main sales force of Apple for 2014. Foxconn's plants in Zhengzhou, China are expected to start supplying the 4.7-inch model in July and start manufacturing the 5.5-inch one in August," Digitimes writes.

This production schedule points to September as the earliest launching point for the smartphone. The 5.5-inch model is expected to debut a bit later and it will be a premium model that's $100 more.

Pictures of the aluminum mold used to make cases for the iPhone 6 leaked onto the internet last week revealing more about its design.

The mold is being used by various accessory manufacturers and was leaked by MobileDirect.ro. It represents the general shape of the device for the purpose of making cases to match-up to its size and physical features. It contains holes and depressions that allow it to be attached to the phone.

The iPhone 6 will introduce Apple's new plan to use NFC technology as the backbone for its mobile payments system.

Morgan Stanley claims that Apple is choosing NFC as the key technology for it. Semiconductor company NXP will be providing the smartphone maker with the hardware. The two already have partnered up for the M7 chip found on the iPhone 6.

"NXP is well positioned to participate in Apple's mobile payments ecosystem. The company signed a licensing agreement with a customer in Q4'13 who we believe is Apple, related to its emerging ID business," wrote Morgan Stanley.