Apple's 5.5-inch iPhone 6 may slip to 2015, report says
The rumored 5.5-inch iPhone 6 model isn't going to be easy to get out the door. At least not at first, a respected Apple analyst claims.
Brooke CrothersFormer CNET contributor
Brooke Crothers writes about mobile computer systems, including laptops, tablets, smartphones: how they define the computing experience and the hardware that makes them tick. He has served as an editor at large at CNET News and a contributing reporter to The New York Times' Bits and Technology sections. His interest in things small began when living in Tokyo in a very small apartment for a very long time.
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.