Apple’s track record from years past says that Cupertino will reveal the iPhone 6 in mid-September, with the iPhone 6 release date set for ten days later in the US (and other countries by the end of the month). A new rumor confirms Apple’s usual iPhone announcement pattern.

Re/code says that Apple will push forward with the iPhone 6 on September 9, in line with previous assumptions as to the timeframe of the big announcement. The Cupertino, California iPhone maker looks to release two iPhones this year, a 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 to provide a little more variety in its offerings than before. Analysts have not been too optimistic about the release of the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 in recent days, due to the fragility of sapphire glass as well as its durability when in torture tests.

It has been said that Apple has had problems with battery size as well as sapphire crystal glass. Apple recently found a manufacturer that could produce a battery small enough to fit into the iPhone 6. Apple has always prized its “thin, light, and fast mantra,” and the last thing the company wants is a bigger battery to create a heavier iPhone.

With a September 9 announcement, it is likely that Apple will release the iPhone 6 in the US around September 19 or 20, and Deutsche Telekom claimed that the iPhone 6 would launch on September 19. It seems as if Apple looks to announce the iPhone 6 early, then release earlier than in years past.

Perhaps Apple’s new iPhone 6 release date has something to do with rival company Samsung Electronics. After all, Samsung has already released its press invites to a gathering on September 3rd – two days before the IFA 2014 Conference in Berlin, Germany. Samsung released its Galaxy Note 3 at IFA 2013 last year, but the Korean manufacturer wants to get ahead of its rival this year and is wasting no time with the Galaxy Note 4. Apple’s decision to go ahead with a 5.5-inch iPhone 6 has everything to do with Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 that is already one of the most talked-about smartphones of the Fall season.

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 will not be the only rival smartphone to Apple’s 5.5-inch iPhone 6; Samsung is already preparing a 4.7-inch rival as well. Called the Galaxy Alpha, this 4.7-inch device will feature an HD screen resolution (720p) with aluminum metal siding and a 12MP back camera. While the Galaxy will not feature the company’s trademark microSD card slot, the Galaxy Alpha will come with 32GB of onboard memory storage.

Apple’s iPhone 6 will likely feature a 13MP camera that utilizes Sony’s Exmor sensor – an increase from the 8MP back camera that Apple’s used for the last few years. The company looks to increase its screen resolution to 1700 x 960 (approximately) to accommodate the new 4.7-inch form factor, and will perhaps have a larger screen resolution for the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 factor.

Rumors have circulated that Apple will bring three iWatch models to market, but very little information has surfaced lately. While it is known that Apple is focusing on health with Health and HealthKit, there are no photos of the iWatch. Even iPhone 6 photos have leaked in recent days, but there are no iWatch photos among them – leading some to believe that, true to a recent rumor, Apple will not emerge with an iWatch until around November in time for the Christmas season.

Either way, a date is now in place. Mark your calendars and save the date. No matter where you are, you do not want to miss one of the most anticipated announcements of the year.