There have been a number of rumors surrounding the arrival of a large screen iPhone 6 later this year. While the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 could possibly launch in September, the 5.5-inch model has been pushed back into 2015 citing ongoing production issues, a leading industry analyst has suggested.
Many believe that Apple will launch its next flagship in two different screen sizes: one with a 4.7-inch display and other with a large 5.5-inch screen. However, KGI securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes users will have to wait until 2015 or late in 2014 to see the latter, writes MacRumors.
"The 5.5-inch iPhone 6 may not launch by the end of 2014, or may launch after October in very limited quantities," said MacRumors, citing Kuo's report.
Kuo, a reliable source in the past too, cites the new way of producing for the delay. "Production bottlenecks on 4.7-inch iPhone 6 center on the yield rate of in-cell touch panel and metal casing. As in-cell touch panel becomes larger in size, the edge of the panel may become insensitive to touch. Meanwhile, under new manufacturing process for the iPhone 6 metal casing, color unevenness is an issue".
He further adds that these problems become more complicated with the larger 5.5-inch iPhone 6. Kuo also informs that the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 may not launch by the end of 2014, as predicted earlier.
Also the new rumored scratch-resistant 5.5-inch sapphire front panel may not "easily pass the drop test near term," AppleInsider wrote, citing Kuo
Previous rumors in the past have also suggested that the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 could be delayed, due to battery issues. Later a report from Bloomberg, however, claimed both the devices will go into production in the same time frame.
Meanwhile, GizBot has prepared a list of top 5 rumors surrounding the launch of a large screen iPhone 6. Take a deep look into sliders below.
Sapphire glass is assumed to have tough properties that make it seriously difficult to scratch. It is being widely speculated that the iPhone 6 might come coated with the Sapphire glass. With Sapphire glass already used in the iPhone 5S's TouchID fingerprint sensor, Apple is in full support of the Sapphire glass.
The China Post (via Slash Gear), claims that the next-gen iPhone won't come up with a 12 or 16-megapixel sensor, instead sticking to the existing 8-megapixel image sensor. That simply means that Apple will likely to stick with an 8MP camera resolution.
Chinese Apple blog Feng.com claims Apple will limit its 128GB "iPhone 6" offerings to a rumored 5.5-inch handset. Yes, Apple may come up with 128GB version of its next-generation iPhone 6, but restrict the option to a high-end 5.5-inch model.
Accoriding to a report from Gforgames, TSMC will now undertake an in-charge of production of Apple's 20nm A8 chipset for the iPhone 6.
"The reason why Samsung is reportedly out of the race is because the A8 CPU is expected to be built using 20nm manufacturing process, and apparently Samsung is facing low yield production issues with the chip. On the other hand, TSMC has supposedly been able to meet Apple's demands, and chances are that the aforementioned giant will handle all the production. The SoC will most likely be developed using 16nm / 14nm technology, and Sammy already has some experience in the 14nm scene," the report said.
Apple will announce the iPhone 6 during the first or second weeks of September. The first deliveries of the handset will come later in the month on a corresponding Friday, roughly a week and a half after the event, according to a report from Mac Rumors