by Tristan Rayner in Gadgets on Wednesday 6 August 2014

Apple looks likely to launch their new iPhone 6 at a scheduled “big media event” on Tuesday, September 9 (San Francisco time) Re/code has learned.

(That’s going to be in the early morning of September 10 for us Australians – with San Francisco’s Pacific time some 19 hours behind Eastern Standard.)

September events in the past have been when Apple have announced their next-generation iPhones – and this time, the focus is widely expected to be on larger display sizes of 4.7 and 5.5 inches, with new A8 processors offering improved speed.

It is understood no media invites have been sent for the date just over a month away. According to the Re/code article, Apple declined to comment. However, the source of the news, John Paczkowski, is considered reliable by ‘leak’ standards.

Update: The Wall Street Journal has corroborated the date with separate sources, but it should be noted nothing is yet official.

In the past, Apple has launched new models the Friday after their announcement event. Based on that schedule, the phone will be available in Apple stores on Friday, September 19th.

It’s not yet clear if Apple will introduce one larger sized iPhone 6 model or two, nor if both will be launched in mid-September.

It has been speculated that Apple may delay releasing the 5.5-inch model in order to clearly delineate between the 4.7-inch model and the 5.5-inch to give each its own spotlight.

That speculation has some basis, with last year seeing the the iPad Air on sale 10 days before the second-generation iPad mini was available.

As it happens, Apple’s possible/probably/likely (you choose) date is the same day as Destiny’s release date.