Apple Reportedly Delaying Launch of 5.5-Inch iPhone 6 Due to Battery Issues

Apple’s larger 5.5-inch iPhone 6 version that was rumored to launch later this year may be delayed until 2015, as the company is struggling with finding a sufficient battery.

Apple's battery suppliers, which include LG Chemical and Samsung, are having a difficult time meeting the battery requirement of 2.8 mm or 2.9 mm. Photo: Thanh Tuấn Phạm/ Flickr

Apple’s battery suppliers, which include LG Chemical and Samsung, are having a difficult time meeting the battery requirement of 2.8 mm or 2.9 mm. Photo: Thanh Tuấn Phạm/ Flickr

The highly-anticipated Apple’s iPhone 6, which might come in a 4.7- or 4.8-inch a 5.5-inch versions, may be delayed until 2015 according to a new report from  Taiwan’s Industrial and Commercial Times.

Apple is apparently facing some supply chain issues with the device connected with finding a sufficient battery.  The publication says the iPhone maker needs significantly thinner batteries for its bigger iPhone, at least when compared to previous-generation devices, and suppliers are currently struggling to meet that demand.

Smartphone batteries typically are 2.8mm to 2.9mm thick. But the battery for the big-screened iPhone would need to be 2mm or less. The report speculates that the rumored 5.5-inch iPhone 6 launch might be delayed to 2015 in case the company won’t deal with battery issue.

The iPhone 6 is going to be even thinner than the iPhone 5s, an analyst with an accurate track record reporting on unreleased Apple devices said. The phone will have a profile of anywhere between 6.5mm to 7.0mm, compared to the iPhone 5s, which is 7.6mm thick.

Even though the internal battery is apparently supposed to be much thinner, it’s also supposed to offer 50% to 70% more watt-hours than the iPhone 5s, according to the same analyst, who also revealed that the 5.5-inch model was on track to launch in late 2014, reports BGR.

It’s also noted that the alleged 5.5-inch iPhone 6 model is being referred as “iPhone Air” by Apple suppliers; although the report clarifies that this name is not official. Nevertheless, the 4.7-inch model is reportedly still on track to launch this fall, which is in line with Apple’s launch cycle for smartphones.

Actually, its’ not the first time when it is reported about a possible delay of the new iDevice. Earlier this Reuters reported that the Cupertino-based giant was having trouble producing the device’s 5.5-inch screen, what could push production back by several months.

The iPhone 6 screens are expected to feature in-cell touch panel technology – built into the screen and allowing for thinner construction than with standard touch panel films – that was introduced with the iPhone 5. However, because of some difficulties with in-cell production technology for the larger 5.5-inch size, there was made a decision to begin mass production with the 4.7-inch version alone.

In comparison to many Android smartphones, the iPhone’s screen is considered fairly small. Apple increased the size of the iPhone’s display from 3.5 inches to 4 inches with the iPhone 5, but most flagship phones from Samsung and HTC have screens that are around 5 inches.

In addition to a larger screen and thinner design, Apple’s next-generation iPhone is expected to include a new A8 processor, Touch ID fingerprint sensor, and an upgraded camera featuring optical image stabilization. Apple is also said to be negotiating with carriers to increase the price of the iPhone 6 by $100, says MacRumors.

A recent poll indicated Apple fans are very excited about the upcoming iPhone 6 and many are interested in a larger, phablet-sized iPhone. Even though iPhone buyers have traditionally stuck by Apple’s smaller form factor, there will be many iPhone fans who will overlook the release of the smaller 4.7-inch iPhone 6 this September and wait for the launch of its larger sibling, the 5.5-inch iPhone Air.

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