Production hitch at Apple might delay launch of 5.5-inch iPhone 6 until 2015

According to a new report published by KGI Securities analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo, the launch of 5.5-inch iPhone 6 may defer to 2015 due to production hitch at Apple. The smaller 4.7 inch version will set afloat over the larger 5.5-inch model before the year ends.

Production bottlenecks on 4.7-inch iPhone 6 center on the yield rate of in-cell touch panel and metal casing. As in-cell touch panel becomes larger in size, the edge of the panel may become insensitive to touch. Meanwhile, under new manufacturing process for the iPhone 6 metal casing, color unevenness is an issue.

The report highlights that production problems have become intricate with the larger 5.5-inch iPhone 6. The 5.5-inch iPhone 6 does share an earlier background of concerns Apple have been facing, the earlier concern being the requirement of sapphire displays for the device and now the production hitch indicate, the launch might be pushed to 2015 or maybe post October in smaller quantities. In an actual event of 5.5-inch iPhone 6 being delayed to next year, Kuo predicts that Apple may also reduce the price of iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c besides the launch of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6.

Earlier stories about the iPhone 5.5-inch iPhone 6 outline production issues with the device’s display and battery life. However, a report from Bloomberg previous month summarized that both models will enter production and will be launched at the same time. Apple is expected to announce and set in motion iPhone 6 in September. Along with a larger screen, both the models are anticipated to include a thinner profile and the much faster A8 processor. Both the sizes of iPhone 6 are expected to characterize improved cameras, with the 6.6-inch model featuring an optical image stabilization system, while the smaller one will accommodate an improved camera module.