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A new report out of China early this morning says that production on Apple’s iPhone 6 is set to begin in just a few weeks. According to Reuters, which cites the Taiwanese newspaper the Commercial Times, iPhone and iPad manufacturing firm Pegatron Corp is opening new factories and hiring workers in China to start production on Apple’s next entrant in its flagship phone line.

The report claims that production will begin in the second quarter, which is just a few weeks away in April—though the report apparently did not say when the iPhone 6 would actually show up on store shelves. That said, it’s safe to assume that Apple CEO Tim Cook could easily have an assembled and functioning iPhone 6 handset ready to go at June’s Worldwide Developers Conference, which would be a pretty logical place to announce the device.

This news comes hot on the heels of reports concerning what’ll likely be packed into those iPhone 6s—namely, the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system, iOS 8. Just yesterday we got a close-up look at the long-rumored Healthbook app, and a few days before that, we heard about different data-gathering features iOS 8 would boast, likely supported by a secondary device like the as-yet unannounced iWatch, or the iPhone itself, and its bevvy of sensors.

In short, the iPhone 6 seems like it’ll actually push the device line forward more than a few inches, offering consumers far more options and control when it comes to helping them live better, healthier lives. As to whether or not those features are something consumers actually want is another story, but tech companies like Apple and Samsung seem to be betting they do.

So will the iPhone 6 make its appearance at WWDC this June? Will you throw your iPhone 5s and 5C into the garbage when it shows up?

[Source: Reuters]

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