The 5.5-inch iPhone 6 may have been delayed, pushing its launch back to the end of the year and meaning the handset might not go on sale until early 2015.
A new research note by KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has been accurate about Apple predictions in the past, claims the company is having problems with colour consistency across the larger phone’s aluminium body, and that its new sapphire crystal screen may not be yet passing drop tests unscathed.
Published by 9to5Mac, Kuo’s note reads: “We think the 5.5-inch model will also have issues with the yield rate of in-cell touch panel and color unevenness of metal casing. Indeed, these problems will likely be even more complicated with a larger size. In addition, from a technical perspective, we don’t expect sapphire cover, used for the first time on the 5.5-inch model, will easily pass the drop test near term.
“We are conservative about 5.5-inch iPhone launching by end-2014. Even if the product is launched in 2014, it is likely to take place after mid-4Q14 [the middle of the fourth quarter of 2014], which is later than the September-October of consensus, with shipments being lower than consensus of 15- 20 million units.”
Kuo has also recently predicted that the highly-anticipated iWatch will go into mass production in November, with it arriving in stores just before the end of the year.
As always, we ask readers to take analyst predictions with a larger pinch of salt.
The smaller 4.7-inch iPhone 6, meanwhile, is expected to arrive at a media event in September and will be available shortly after.