GforGames is today running a piece based on a Weibo post, claiming that both the 5.5-inch version of the iPhone 6 and iWatch will be released in December.

December would be an extremely unlikely time for Apple to launch a new product. Many people will already have made holiday gift purchases by then, while others would have unleashed their gadget fund on Black Friday, which this year falls on 28th November. Apple has however released 27-inch iMacs and Mac Pro in December, likely due to production delays. Professional type machines like this are far less likely to be affected by holiday shopping.

There have been persistent rumors (silly and otherwise) that the 5.5-inch version of the iPhone 6 will go on sale later than the 4.7-inch model, with some even suggesting the larger model may not be available until next year. But the production schedule for the larger model has been reported to be lagging only a few weeks behind that of the 4.7-inch handset, with Apple reputedly placing combined orders of 70-80M units for this year.

A recent analyst analysis of Apple’s new product investment seemingly suggests a bumper quarter for Apple this quarter, suggesting that the iWatch will be launched alongside, or close to, the iPhone 6. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has, however, suggested that mass production of the iWatch may have been pushed back from September to November. While actually going on sale in December isn’t impossible, we’d expect Apple to announce it significantly earlier.

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