Apple may not release 5.5-inch iPhone 6 this year due to production issues

Apple may not release 5.5-inch iPhone 6 this year due to production issues

While the world is eagerly waiting for the phablet variant of the iPhone, Apple may not be able to release the rumoured 5.5-inch iPhone 6 this year. The main reason behind the delay is reportedly due to some production issues. However, the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 is still expected to the hit the stores this fall.

5.5-inch Apple iPhone 6

Apple iPhone 6 with 5.5-inch display may not come this year (Image source: Nowhereelese.fr)

According to a report by Apple Insider, citing a note by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple is facing issues in producing the in-cell touch panels and coloring the metal chassis of the larger 5.5-inch iPhone 6 model. Though these issues persist in the production of the 4.7-inch iPhone, the problems are said to be worst with the 5.5-inch model.

The analyst said that the new in-cell touch panels may have issues related to touch sensitivity on the edges of the panel. It is quite presumable as the size of the display is larger than the existing iPhone models and equalising the touch sensitivity on the in-cell panel of the 5.5-inch model is even more difficult.

Apart from touch sensitivity, the report states that the KGI analyst does not expect that a new scratch-resistant 5.5-inch sapphire front panel will “easily pass the drop test near term.” This may also be a reason behind the delay of the 5.5-inch iPhone.

Kou predicted that in the absence of the 5.5-inch iPhone model, the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 “will spur Apple to sales growth in the holiday quarter” alongside the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c. Although the level of hope is quite low, if Apple would be able to overcome the production issues, Kou said that the 5.5-inch iPhone is likely to be announced after mid-November.

Apple iPhone 6 already detailed in a hands-on video, and its specifications silently came up on a YouTube video. The manufacturer behind iPhone 6, Foxconn, may use Foxbot robots for its production this year. The new iPhone models, the 4.7-inch as well as 5.5-inch, are expected to run on iOS 8 out of the box and may compatible with the rumoured iWatch smartwatch.

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