Although rumors have pointed to a late 2014 or early 2015 launch of Apple’s rumored 5.5-inch iPhone 6 model, several months later than a 4.7-inch model, the Cantor Fitzgerald analyst, Brian White, points out that companies are already beginning to ramp up their production of accessories for the larger device. Based on this observation, White believes the larger-sized iPhone 6 model may in fact debut this fall alongside the 4.7-inch iPhone 6. His note follows a recent report which mentioned that Apple has solved its battery issues with the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 and is planning to manufacture 20 million units by the end of the year.
White bases his prediction on observations he made during his recent tour of Computex, which is being held this week in Taiwan and is known for being Asia’s largest technology show. The following was mentioned regarding the matter:
Also at Computex, we noticed that a few vendors had already started work on accessories for the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 and the pieces were available at the show. Given the lack of data points in recent months around progress with the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 and growing skepticism in the media around a 2014 launch, we view this as a positive development. Based on today's research, we believe the timing of the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 launch appears to be in sync with our expectation around the unveiling (i.e., September) of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6.
Based on previous reports, White doesn’t have a particularly solid track record when it comes to predicting Apple’s plans, therefore his speculation of a simultaneous launch of both 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 models should be taken with a grain of salt considering other rumors of a gap of up to several months between the two releases has also been afloat. White does frequently tour Asian suppliers and trade shows and is in a position to observe shifts in the supply chain and accessory maker activity.
Although the expected overall form factors of the two rumored iPhone 6 models have been circulating for several months, leading to physical mockups from accessory makers and others, actual claimed part leaks for the new devices have remained fairly rare. As of right now, we’ve seen a few parts such as an alleged front panel, a display backlight and a rear shell, but typically a number of internal components have leaked by this point in the year and we have yet to see much in that regard.
We’ll have to wait and see what happens.
Source: Cantor Fitzgerald via MacRumors