In addition to launching the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 in September, Apple was believed to be launching the bigger 5.5-inch variant towards the end of the year. But now, noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo’s latest research note claims that issues with the touch panel and coloring of the device has delayed the device, possibly to next year, 9To5Mac reports. Also Read - PUBG New State receives over 17 million pre-registrations as closed alpha testing ends
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, which is later than the September-October of consensus, with shipments being lower than consensus of 15- 20mn units. Also Read - iPhone selling in LG stores? Apple is apparently in talks for a new deal
Besides the in-cell touch panel and coloring, the research note also mentions that the Sapphire display is not likely to be ready in time. Recently we saw a video of the sapphire display, which passed through a scratch test is said to be nearly indestructible. In fact in a separate note, Kuo also claimed that the forthcoming Apple iWatch too will boast a sapphire display. Also Read - Apple CEO Tim Cook claims iOS is more secure than Android
The 4.7-inch iPhone 6 being relatively smaller in size will not face most of these issues. The forthcoming smartphone will feature some design changes including curved edges, a power button on the side rather on the right top-corner and elongated volume rocker instead of the circular volume buttons. The larger variant will additionally include features like optical image stabilization and higher storage capacities.