Circle the date: Apple's iPhone 6 event slated for Sept. 9

Re/Code claims Apple will hijack the date from Microsoft's Patch Tuesday

Apple will hold its annual iPhone event on Tuesday, Sept. 9, according to a report today by Re/Code.

"Apple has scheduled a big media event for Tuesday, Sept. 9," Re/Code claimed, sans a source for the information, anonymous or otherwise.

The date, as Computerworld pointed out two months ago, synchronizes with Apple's iPhone 5S and 5C unveiling of last year. Then, Apple touted the new smartphones on Tuesday, Sept. 10.

That event was hosted on Apple's Cupertino, Calif. campus, and kicked off by CEO Tim Cook, who then ceded the stage to other executives, including marketing chief Phil Schiller and operating system development head Craig Federighi.

Federighi is certain to play a part in the upcoming iPhone event; his performance during the keynote at June's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) was widely praised by analysts for its humor and enthusiasm.

If Apple follows 2013's protocol, it will begin selling the new model or models -- dubbed "iPhone 6" to fit within the company's nomenclature -- on Friday, Sept. 19.

Most observers expect Apple to roll out a larger-screen iPhone next month, one with a display at least 4.7-in. measured diagonally. Most leaked components from Asian suppliers -- who can't keep a secret as they manufacture parts and begin assembly in Chinese factories -- have been of that size. Some pundits also believe Apple will introduce an iPhone with a 5.5-in. screen, although the lack of leaks there bolsters the case that the even bigger device will ship later, perhaps in early 2015.

If Re/Code's bet is on the money, Apple will email invitations to reporters and analysts on Sept. 2, the day after the Labor Day holiday in the U.S.

Again, assuming the Sept. 9 day is correct, Apple will start taking pre-orders for the iPhone 6 on Friday, Sept. 12, and iOS 8, the new mobile operating system that Apple revealed at WWDC, should be available on Wednesday, Sept. 17, two days before the hardware reaches retail, for existing iPhone and iPad owners to download.

Coincidentally, Sept. 9 is "Patch Tuesday," Microsoft's monthly release of security updates.

The Wall Street Journal's AllThingsD blog -- the former employer of most of those who left to form Re/Code earlier this year -- correctly called the iPhone event date of 2013.

Gregg Keizer covers Microsoft, security issues, Apple, Web browsers and general technology breaking news for Computerworld. Follow Gregg on Twitter at @gkeizer, on Google+ or subscribe to Gregg's RSS feed. His email address is gkeizer@computerworld.com.

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