Industry gossip abounds with rumours that Apple is going to launch its iPhone 6 in September this year.

It is claimed that the launch will take place on 9th September and that the handset could be on sale to the general public just ten days later.  Apple is rumoured to have planned a big media event on the expected launch date and, if the company follows its usual pattern, the phone could be available in stores on 19th September; however, no invitations have been issued for the event and Apple has not officially confirmed that such an event is scheduled.  The rumours have been attributed to industry insiders.

September is the usual time of year when Apple launches its smartphones.  The iPhone 6 will be the ninth model in the range and iPhone sales have now reached in excess of 500 million.

Industry insiders are predicting that there will be both 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch versions and that the smaller version will be available first.  It is expected that the handset will offer the new iOS8 operating system, which was unveiled to the world at a developers conference in June.

HomeKit will be available on the handset to give users remote control of household appliances; HealthKit will do the same for health and fitness.  HomeKit is designed to work alongside the personal assistant service Siri; therefore, the user issues the instructions and Siri takes care of the rest.

Experts are also predicting the launch of the iPad Air 2 and a watch in October this year.