The first-ever phablet iPhone may not tip up until 2015, one of the smartphone sector’s best-connected analysts claims, reviving long-standing rumours that production problems could cause Apple to delay the handset.
Much earlier this year, tech sites ran stories claiming that the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 would not land alongside the 4.7-inch model in September due to manufacturing challenges.
The problems purportedly involved reproducing the iPhone’s eye-stroking high-density Retina Display on a larger screen, as well as ensuring the super-slim handset could squeeze in a big enough battery to power its more expansive screen.
However more recently, whispers from Apple’s supply chain indicated that Apple had overcome the screen and battery issues and that the 5.5-inch model would drop in September.
Today, though, that looks a bit less likely after KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claimed that the most in-demand iteration of the iPhone 6 is being held back until next year after all.
According to Kuo, this is down to the fact that Apple has found that the “edge of the panel [that's a fancy 'industry' term for a display] has become insensitive to touch” with the larger handset.
He also lays the blame at problems with reproducing colour on the iPhone 6's casing.
Kuo posits that at the earliest the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 could launch in very limited quantities some time after October. But at the latest, could even be put off next year.
In less surprising news, he also forecasts that Apple will cut the price of the iPhone 5S and 5C in September when the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 is unveiled.
His claims come amid the usual giddying whirl of speculation over exactly what the iPhone 6 will offer.
As well as a more rounded design with repositioned buttons, the handsets are rumoured to feature an improved, extra robust version of the Touch ID biometric scanner and a more powerful processor.