The larger, phablet-like version of the rumored iPhone 6 is facing production problems serious enough to delay its arrival till 2015 or to limit initial availability, a high-profile Apple analyst claims.
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, writing in a research note, believes that problems Apple is facing with the expected 4.7-inch iPhone 6 are even more challenging for the 5.5-incher, possibly leading to delays, according to reports on Sunday from MacRumors and AppleInsider.
"The analyst believes that 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.
Challenges include technology related to the in-cell touch display panel and issues with the metal casing.
And the rumored scratch-resistant 5.5-inch sapphire cover glass for the display may not "easily pass the drop test near term," AppleInsider wrote, citing Kuo.
Along these lines, despite viral, Kuo believes that only the 5.5-inch model, if any, will use sapphire.
Previous rumors have also pointed to production problems with 5.5-inch iPhone 6, including battery-related issues. Bloomberg said in June, however, that both models will go into production this month.