Apart from a 4.7-inch model, the Cupertino tech giant has been expected to unveiled an even larger 5.5-inch iPhone 6 later in the year. But now production issues might keep Apple from pulling the trigger on an iPhablet until winter or even 2015.
“Ming-Chi Kuo of the Taiwanese firm KGI Securities, who has been a consistently reliable source of information on Apple’s plans, isn’t bullish on seeing a 5.5-inch iPhone by the end of the year. Problems with the phone’s new display and casing could result in it being pushed back until well after the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 comes out,” Cult of Maс reports.
The Californian company is running into complications due to production of new iPhones with the bigger displays, according to Kuo. Production issues are specifically related to the in-cell displays and metal casings being used.
Some experts claim that sapphire crystal will be implemented as a protective coating for the next models hardware, although there has been some disagreement as to which deices will get the sapphire treatment.
Kuo says that there’s the possibility that the 5.5-inch phone, which he previously claimed would have a sapphire display to differentiate it from the 4.7-inch, still won’t pass “the drop test near term.”
The specialist believes that sapphire is only coming to the 5.5-inch model, although we recently saw a leaked sapphire 4.7-inch display.
“We are conservative about 5.5-inch iPhone launching by end-2014,” notes Kuo, who has not always been accurate with when the Cupertino based company will release new hardware. Even if Apple does launch in 2014, Kuo doesn’t see it happening until after October.
Thus, ontrary to recent reports and speculations, the likely scenario is that the Californian tech giant will not debut both larger iPhones at once. The 5.5-inch version of the popular smartphone may not even come out before Christmas.
Apple typically announces new iPhones in September, and the iWatch is rumored to be coming out in October of this year.
With regards to the 4.7-inch iPhone 6, Kuo believes “production bottlenecks” are based around the same in-cell touch display and metal casing.
There’s reportedly an issue with the edges of the larger display becoming insensitive to touch, and “color unevenness is an issue” for the device’s metal exterior. Like last year with the 5s, supplies of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 will probably be constrained for the first couple of months it’s on the market.
If the avalanche of leaked parts and schematics are any indication, the iPhone 6 will feature a more iPod touch-like design with curved edges and an entirely metal back. Along with the 5.5-inch model, the device is expected to include the A8 processor and an improved camera.
Apple Insider writes: “The insider also expects that Apple will debut a new Apple TV set-top box this fall with motion controls and potentially support for a third-party App Store. He expects that a revamped Apple TV will play a “key role” in Apple’s connected ecosystem going forward.”