Taiwanese publication Commercial Times (via G4Games) reports that the rumored 5.5-inch iPhone 6 may be delayed. The report claims that the delay is due to yield issues with the battery required for the 5.5-inch model.
According to the report, Apple wants to make the device extremely thin, which in turn needs an incredibly thin battery that measures only 2 mm or less. The batteries used in the current iPhones are 3 mm thick.
The requirement for the thin battery is apparently causing problems for Apple’s supplier as they are unable to meet the demand at the current yield rate.
G4Games also claims that the 5.5-inch model is internally referred to by suppliers as iPhone Air.
Earlier in the month, Reuters reported that according to supply chain sources the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 model could be delayed due to difficulties with in-cell touch technology for the larger 5.5-inch screen. The report claimed that Apple will begin mass producing displays as early as May for the 4.7-inch iPhone 6, while production of 5.5-inch version could be delayed by several months.
Few days back, French website Nowhereelse.fr has published a photo, which it is claims are of batteries for the iPhone 6 in a production tray. Last month, a report from Taiwanese sources claimed that Apple plans to automate iPhone battery production in order to focus on other essential components needed by the smartphone.
I recommend taking these manufacturing related issues with a pinch of salt. Such reports are quite common before the launch of a new iPhone, but Apple manages to get the manufacturing issues ironed out by the time the device is launched, assuming rumors of 5.5-inch iPhone 6 model are indeed accurate.
Apple is widely speculated to launch iPhone 6 with a larger 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch display to compete with Android-based smartphones that usually come with larger screens.
The next iPhone is expected to sport an ultra-thin design with narrower bezel, rounded edges and durable sapphire display. iPhone 6 may be powered by Apple’s new A8 processor with 1GB RAM, Touch ID fingerprint sensor, and an improved 8-megapixel camera with optical image stabalization (OIS). The iPhone 6 is expected to run iOS 8, which may feature a new apps such as Healthbook, TextEdit and Preview, improved Maps, inter-app communication capabilities and more.[via G4Games]