A probe into an accident at a Chinese factory that claimed the lives of 75 workers could force Apple to delay the launch of the iPhone 6.
The explosion at a car hub cap factory, which also left hundreds of staff injured, has resulted in a halt in production at a range of plants across China where product polishing is carried out.
An investigation into the cause of the accident is also underway and it’s expected that work will only resume once it’s complete.
In a blow for Apple, which is already thought to have overcome exacting production challenges relating to the iPhone 6’s 5.5-inch screen, the hiatus affects the Foxconn plant in Kunshan, where iPhones are polished before making their way to shop shelves.
The handset, which it seems will come in 4.7-inch and phablet variants, was expected to debut at a press call in September, before hitting retailers a week or so later.
With around six weeks to go until the grand reveal, however, at worst the production hiatus could mean the phone-maker is forced to postpone the handset. At best, it will likely mean there’s less stock of the iPhone 6 to go around.
uSwitch studies suggest that the 5.5-inch model is likely to be the most in-demand, due to massive pent-up demand for a larger iPhone. Until now, Apple has steadfastly refused to follow the lead of Android phone-makers and bring to market a 5-inch-plus superphone/phablet.
New York Post