The larger, phablet edition of the iPhone 6 could yet tip up alongside its more compact running mate, after Apple apparently enlisted the services of another battery manufacturer to address looming supply problems.
According to Chinese site Laoyaoba, whose claims were brought to us over here by GforGames, Apple has inked a deal with Sunwoda Electronics to furnish it with 20 million batteries for the 5.5-inch handset.
Sunwoda will work alongside Dynapack, aka Apple’s primary supplier of batteries, which has struggled to meet demand.
The handset's super-slim design has a presented serious challenge for Dynapack. Not least because it demands a similarly super-slim battery, which is still capable of powering the iPhablet’s resource-sapping large display.
The news suggests that the rumoured 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 variants could yet share a streetdate.
That flies in the face of previous reports claiming that the larger edition’s manufacturing issues would likely prompt Apple to delay availability for a few weeks after the 4.7-inch kit hits shop shelves.
That said, it’s also been claimed that Apple isn’t having an easy time of it implementing the touch input technology it wants into the 5.5-inch screen. So there’s still every chance that the phablet might not rollout as planned.
Details of the handsets are, of course, a matter for pure speculation. But if you believe what you read, they're set to feature a curvier, less squared-off design and feature a suite of sensors that tie-in with the Health app that debuted at yesterday’s WWDC event.