Apple rumours: pre-order dates, rumoured iWatch price

Those Apple rumours just keep coming, especially coming up to the iPhone 6′s rumoured launch window, and keeping up with them all is proving to be a difficult task. To keep you up to speed, here is today’s round-up of the biggest Apple rumours and news.

1. iPhone 6 pre-orders rumoured to begin on 19th September in The Netherlands

We think we know that the iPhone 6 will be unveiled on the 9th September, but after that we have no idea when the phone will go on general sale. Well according to Dutch news sites iPhonez, the phone will be available for pre-order in the country on 19th September — the information apparently coming from a Dutch phone network. The site also claims that the 4.7-inch version of the phone will cost €699 (£555 directly converted) off contract, which is the same as previous iPhone models.

The site has no more information about the launch, or when the phone will go on sale, but the 19th September date is certainly within the right timeframe. While this date is specific for the Netherlands, it should also be pointed out that its position in mainland western Europe means its unlikely that pre-order dates in other regions will be drastically different. [iPhonez via Neowin]

2. The iWatch is rumoured to be $400 (£241) in the US


Smartwatch sales haven’t really kicked off in the way that smartphones and tablets have, which might be why the prices have been kept so low. With that in mind, the idea that Apple wants to charge $400 for the iWatch sounds pretty ridiculous. But the rumour is that Apple execs have discussed putting the iWatch on sale for that price, which may just be one of a number of variations of the device.

£241 doesn’t sound all that much, but when you take VAT and localisation prices into account we’ll probably end up with a price around £300. Would you pay £300 for a smartwatch just because it has an Apple logo on it? Some might, others won’t. If the iWatch is going to cost that much then it’s going to need some extra-special features. [Re/code via BGR]

Tom Pritchard