(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Those anxious about the release of Apple’s larger iPhone 6 may be disappointed, as numerous reports suggest the device may be delayed due to production issues.
Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo from KGi Securities revealed that the 5.5-inch device will most likely be released in 2015 due to problems with in-cell touch panels and technical issues with the sapphire crystal display screen, noting that it will not “easily pass the drop test near term,” reports AppleInsider.
“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,” said Kuo. “Meanwhile, under new manufacturing process for the iPhone 6 metal casing, color unevenness is an issue.”
Kuo adds that if the “phablet” does launch this year it will be in the fourth quarter around mid-November. If the device is delayed until next year, he believes that Apple will cut the prices of the iPhone 5S and 5C alongside the launch of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 in order to continue sales through the holiday quarter.
Earlier reports suggested that both model of Apple’s next flagship device would be released in September, featuring 3D graphics, NFC, a faster processor, improves camera, and wireless charging.