5.5″ iPhone 6 pushed into 2015?

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An Apple rumour a day keeps the confirmed facts at bay. Today’s iPhone 6 rumour du jour is suggestions that the larger 5.5″ iPhone 6 could have its release delayed until next year.

Pic from iMore
Pic from iMore

As ever with iPhone 6 rumours, we remind you that none of this information is confirmed: Apple won’t even say if the iPhone 6 really exists yet. But we’re pretty sure that Apple are planning two different sizes: a 4.6″ version and a larger 5.5″, all for release around September 19th.

At least – that’s what we thought. According to MacRumours, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who knows about these things, is sceptical the larger version can make this release window. The problems are apparently:

“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.”

This isn’t the first time we’ve heard about problems with the larger device, with previous question marks hanging over the supposed tough “Sapphire” screen, and battery life issues. So we could be heading for a situation where the smaller iPhone 6 comes first in September, with those wanting the larger version having to hold out until next year.

I guess we’ll learn more in September.

James O’Malley