iPhone 6 Release Set for September, Manufacturers Producing Components for Device

The iPhone 6 release is now rumored for September as components for the device are starting to be manufactured in preparation for the date.

A new report from the Japanese business newspaper Nikkei claims that manufacturers have already begun making fingerprint sensors, liquid crystal drivers and chips for the device.

Mass production of LCD panels will start as early as next month at Sharp's Kameyama factory, Japan's Mobara plant along with other locations, according to the sources. The new models are expected to have much higher resolutions screens than the ones found on the iPhone 5s and 5c.

The paper also claimed that the next-gen iPhone will be offered in 4.7-inches and 5.5-inches.

A recent conflicting rumor pointed to Apple only launching one of the two sizes this year. UBS analyst Steve Milunovich stated in a research note that Apple is definitely working on two different models, but isn't sure that both will be released in 2014. He agrees that Apple will launch the new iPhone around September, but might hold off on the larger iteration until next year.

The iPhone 6 specs could include components that allow for Ray-Tracing capabilities.

Imagination Technologies, a graphics partner of Apple's announced a new version of its PowerVR graphics architecture that includes these features that offer more realistic lighting and shadows. This new GPU is being called the Wizard.

"For the better part of the last eight years, we have been busy developing unique hardware and software technologies to radically lower the cost and dramatically increase the efficiency of ray tracing," wrote Imagination.

The Wizard GPU family represents its progress as it features a range of IP processors that offer high-performance ray tracing, graphics and compute in a power envelope that's suitable for mobile embedded use cases.