Apple and Samsung have had their competition going for some years now, and 2014’s end-of-the-year battle will pit the two giants against each other once more.

Apple looks to continue its tradition with the iPhone 6 that is due to arrive this September, and, as always, we can usually expect some sort of sneak-peek into the contents of iOS 8 prior to the release of the operating system to the public. Since Samsung offers multiple smartphone launches each year, as opposed to Apple’s style of launching one product announcement with its smartphones, it makes sense to wonder about the announcement and arrival of the Galaxy Note 4.

Another reason behind why this inquiry is plausible is due to the fact that, whatever we know about the iPhone 6, it’s that Apple’s latest-generation smartphone is bound to have a much wider display than before. Apple increased its screen size in the iPhone 5 by half and inch, but the 4-inch iPhone 5 was still too small for the hands of iPhone customers. Apple realizes that the company is losing its grip on innovation and must do something to “strike back” in its own way. The iPhone 6 display size rumors that say Cupertino will emerge with 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch screens may sound unbelievable, but it’s true: we’ve seen enough pictures and leaks over the last few weeks to not deny them. As you can see, Apple’s making great strides to increase its display size in order to appeal to its more “phablet-hungry” Apple fans and a jump from a 4-inch screen to a 4.7-inch screen provides more in the way of a sizeable smartphone display jump.

While Apple seems to be on track with production of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6, the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 looks to be somewhat behind schedule. Sources say that Apple may wait until a little later to release the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 and that it may not arrive until around the time Apple announces the second-generation Retina iPad Mini (iPad Mini 3) or later.

iPhone 6 launch date

The iPhone 6 launch date hasn’t been set officially by Apple, but it’s the company’s never-ending Fall tradition to announce the iPhone during the month of September. Apple once announced both the next-generation iPhone and iPad in September, but has since broken off its iPhone and iPad announcements. In the Fall of 2012, Apple decided to release an iPad Mini in order to counter the sales of Google’s 7-inch Nexus tablet which had become a popular portable gadget by then. Instead of making their tablet 7 inches or 8 inches, Apple decided to make the first-generation iPad Mini feature a 7.9-inch display. Now, Apple had the iPad Mini to worry about along with the iPhone and larger iPad.

Last Fall was Apple’s jump into a new type of iPhone that is more of a mid-end smartphone than a low-end. Rumors persisted right up until the announcement last September that Apple would release a “budget smartphone” model to compete with Samsung’s strong dominance in the lower-end smartphone segment, but Apple, as usual, surprised everyone: the company didn’t release a budget smartphone after all. The iPhone 5C announced as a $99 smartphone with a two-year contract or a $549 phone off-contract, didn’t appeal to those in China, for whom the iPhone 5C was designed. Some said that the “C” in “5C” stood for “China,” but it seems that the “C” really stood for color. Apple designed the iPhone 5C with a polycarbonate shell and color, something that the company hadn’t yet advertised as a key feature of their smartphone selection.

The introduction of the iPad Mini and the new iPhone 5C gave Apple two iPhones and two iPads to introduce each year – effectively dividing the announcements into two instead of one. Apple decided to diversify its portfolio in order to match Samsung’s marketing muscle, but the company does seem to struggle with its displays quite often. Even with the first Retina iPad Mini last Fall (not to mention OS X Mavericks), we heard rumors that Apple struggled to get the Retina displays manufactured and moved some of its iOS team over to OS X Mavericks to get the Mac OS ready for prime time.

We can now predict to the month when Apple will release its new iPhones: the month of September. Apple has done this in the past, and we see no reason why the company would shake things up – for now, at least. Apple has always been keen on capturing the Christmas crowd, and this year looks to be no different. What will be different, this year, however, is Apple’s “phablet” line. Samsung sure hopes Apple releases that wider-display iPhone 6, so it can finally escape the claim that Samsung is nothing more than a copycat of Apple. If Apple releases a phablet, Apple will wear the copycat title for the next year.

Galaxy Note 4 launch date rumors

The Galaxy S5 has claimed the attention of tech analysts and consumers everywhere at the moment, but Samsung always saves its most renown smartphone for last: the Note devices. Last year, Samsung announced the Galaxy Note 3 at the international IFA 2013 conference and released the same in the first week of October. The company may release its most-popular phablet, the Note 4, at the end of September this year, to come right behind Apple’s iPhone 6 – and possibly steal some of Apple’s “thunder” this year.

With that said, we see no reason why Samsung won’t release its smartphone either at the end of September or the beginning of October, but the Galaxy Note 4 with its “new form factor” should arrive on store shelves by the middle of October. The Christmas holiday shopping season looks to be as competitive as always, with Apple and Samsung dominating end-of-the-year sales. It’ll be interesting to see how the LG G3 and HTC One M8 Prime (and perhaps HTC One Max 2) will fare against the duopoly that’s got some consumers worried about the future of the smartphone market and the elimination of any competition against these two smartphone giants.

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