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Next iPhone, larger and similar in color to iPhone 5s, Sept. launch likely

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Media sources are abuzz with rumors about the next iPhone which Apple will most likely release in September. Apple hasn't announced anything officially yet. Some new, interesting leaked photos came out recently: on July 9, MacRumors.com published high-quality photos of the casing for the 4.7 inch iPhone, listing Feld & Volk, an after-market iPhone casing manufacturer, as the source. Perhaps more interesting are last week's photos tweeted by noted tech leaker Sonny Dickson. Dickson's photos show large iPhone shells in colors that are very similar to those of the iPhone 5s: gold, silver and space gray. Dickson has a good track record for leaking accurate photos of iPhone parts. He publicized pictures with the correct colors of the iPhone 5c last summer, months before Apple announced anything official. Both the Sonny Dickson photos and the Feld & Volk shot appear in this article's slideshow. Here are more high points of the iPhone 6 rumors circulating now.

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Size: Leaked photos have shown 4.7 inch and 5.5 inch iPhone screens for several weeks, as mentioned in the video attached to this article. The leaked photos and videos indicate the new iPhone will have rounded edges and a thinner profile than iPhone 5s. One rumor states that only the 4.7 inch phone is coming out in September and that production on a 5.5 inch model is not happening in time for the September release.

Price: Some rumors indicate that Apple may raise the price of the next iPhone above the $200 price that's been in place new iPhones for the last 4 years. That seems unlikely given the heavy discounting that's taken place on iPhone 5s since before Christmas. Even if Apple loads the default version of the iPhone with more storage and other features, it isn't likely that a higher price will stay in place for long. In competitive environments, technology prices typically go down over time, not up.

Battery life: MacRumors gave us the bad news on July 7 that iPhone's battery life will only improve slightly with the next iPhone. Apparently the battery specs from factories in China indicate the battery just isn't likely to last much longer than the one in the iPhone 5s today. This is disappointing as many other phones offer options with substantially longer battery life.

Lighter weight: The iPhone's weight decreased noticeably from iPhone 4 to iPhone 5. The competing Droids such as Samsung Galaxy 5s are lighter than iPhone 5. We expect Apple to lighten the iPhone 6 product.

Faster microchip: That the new iPhone will have a faster processor than the current models is a certainty. Microchip capability continues to get faster, cheaper, smaller and lighter every year. The newest Androids are faster than iPhone 5s.

Release date: The Tech Buffalo video attached to this article estimates Sept. 19 as the release date for the next iPhone. Last year the iPhone 5c and 5s were in stores by Sept. 20. Two years ago Apple announced iPhone 5 on Sept. 12 and released it shortly thereafter. So Sept. 19 is a reasonable guess. In any case, the date of the announcement will be known soon because these announcements happen at very large events. Invitations go to members of the media a few weeks in advance, and the media people tweet and write about the invitations immediately.

Name: Early on there was speculation that the newest iPhone might be named the iPhone Air. Virtually all the media speculation refers to the device as the iPhone 6 now. Apple has said nothing official about the product or its name yet.

Where to buy: After it's launched, we expect to see the new iPhone at these retail outlets: Cleveland-area Apple retail stores at Crocker Park in Westlake and at Legacy Village in Lyndhurst, Akron's new Apple store at Summit Mall, plus AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile Best Buy, Walmart, Target and Radio Shack stores.

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