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  • Apple's 5.5-Inch Next-Gen iPhone Reportedly Facing Production Issues


    Apple’s rumored 5.5-inch “phablet” iPhone model is said to be facing issues with its new in-cell touchscreen panel as well as color unevenness on the next-gen iPhone metal casing, which could delay the device’s launch back to next year, leaving the smaller 4.70inch model to debut alone this year according to KGI Securities analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo.

    According to Kuo, the Cupertino California company is already facing production bottlenecks on the 4.7-inch model related to the new technology for the device’s in-cell touch panel, as well as color unevenness on the redesigned “iPhone 6” metal casing. These problems are said to be even worse with the larger 5.5-inch model. Kuo said the following regarding the matter:

    These problems will likely be even more complicated with a larger size.
    Kuo believes the new in-cell touch panels may have issues related to touch sensitivity on the edges of the panel as displays become larger in size, making the 5.5-inch model a much greater technical achievement for Apple to accomplish. In addition, Kuo stated he didn’t expect that a new scratch-resistant 5.5-inch sapphire front panel will “easily pass the drop test near term.” The technical issue could also prompt delays according to him.

    The “most conservative scenario” is that Apple delays the 5.5-inch “iPhone 6” model to 2015. In this situation, he expects a larger 4.7-inch model along with more affordable iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C models will spur Apple to sales growth in the holiday quarter, meaning a later-than-expected launch for the rumored product wouldn’t have much of an effect on the company’s bottom line. The analyst did hold out some hope that the 5.5-inch “iPhone 6” could launch in 2014 but even if that happens, it’s likely to occur after mid-fourth quarter, which would mean after the middle of November, a much later timeframe than Apple has launched new iPhone models in recent years.

    Kuo also issued a note recently where he revealed that he has been told the anticipated wrist-worn device is facing mass production delays. As a result, he believes that it may not go on sale to the public until as late as December of this year. The insider also expects that Apple will debut a new Apple TV set-top box this fall with motion controls and potentially support for a third-party App Store. He expects that a revamped Apple TV will play a “key role” in Apple’s connected ecosystem going forward.

    As usual, this is all speculation and we’ll have to wait and see what turns out to be true.

    Source: AppleInsider
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple's 5.5-Inch Next-Gen iPhone Reportedly Facing Production Issues started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 25 Comments
    1. Carvensno's Avatar
      Carvensno -
      Yeah!!! More speculation news to stir up drama in here. Smh!

      Only 2 more months and we will know the truth when Apple is announcing "Here it is" 👍😉


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    1. peacedog's Avatar
      peacedog -
      EVERY generation of iPhones and iPads always have the rumors of production issues. Meh.
    1. turdsmoka's Avatar
      turdsmoka -
      Quote Originally Posted by peacedog View Post
      EVERY generation of iPhones and iPads always have the rumors of production issues. Meh.
      and shortages.
    1. tridley68's Avatar
      tridley68 -
      And Tomorrow they will say that everything is cool it is the same old Blah Blah Blah every new release.
    1. The6uest's Avatar
      The6uest -
      Kuo believes the new in-cell touch panels may have issues related to touch sensitivity on the edges of the panel as displays become larger in size, making the 5.5-inch model a much greater technical achievement for Apple to accomplish. In addition, Kuo stated he didn’t expect that a new scratch-resistant 5.5-inch sapphire front panel will “easily pass the drop test near term.” The technical issue could also prompt delays according to him.
      Companies have been making larger touch screens for years now.. I'm sure there's nothing technical about it that hasn't been done before. I don't see how this could cause issues.
    1. jackbauerctu's Avatar
      jackbauerctu -
      Quote Originally Posted by turdsmoka View Post
      and shortages.
      I'm willing to put money on it. Every year...production issues which result in shortages so iPhones all over the world will magically sell out on day 1. This is all done on purpose.


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    1. Ben193's Avatar
      Ben193 -
      This has got to stop. I mean apple is being ****** ridiculous with this ****. They should have no problems.
    1. Silverado1987's Avatar
      Silverado1987 -
      Quote Originally Posted by jackbauerctu View Post
      I'm willing to put money on it. Every year...production issues which result in shortages so iPhones all over the world will magically sell out on day 1. This is all done on purpose.


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      Exactly. It's all marketing
      Quote Originally Posted by Ben193 View Post
      This has got to stop. I mean apple is being ****** ridiculous with this ****. They should have no problems.
      Wow. He doesn't know does anyone else wanna tell him?


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    1. edwilk55's Avatar
      edwilk55 -
      Quote Originally Posted by peacedog View Post
      EVERY generation of iPhones and iPads always have the rumors of production issues. Meh.
      Chinese conspiracy to sell more Android 5.5" iPhone knockoffs. LOL!
    1. Fender's Avatar
      Fender -
      Last week I was scrolling through yahoo's home page and there were literally 4 different articles about the sapphire glass. I kid you not, article 1 said they had more than enough, article 2 contradicted that and said they were short, the third said that Apple has enough for ALL of their devices and iWatches, and the 4th said that the iWatch could face sapphire glass problems - they were spaced every other link as you scrolled down. This isn't news, these are bored "reporters" writing padded articles so that yahoo and other sites will get the clicks they need to see for their own metrics.
    1. Carvensno's Avatar
      Carvensno -
      Quote Originally Posted by Fender View Post
      Last week I was scrolling through yahoo's home page and there were literally 4 different articles about the sapphire glass. I kid you not, article 1 said they had more than enough, article 2 contradicted that and said they were short, the third said that Apple has enough for ALL of their devices and iWatches, and the 4th said that the iWatch could face sapphire glass problems - they were spaced every other link as you scrolled down. This isn't news, these are bored "reporters" writing padded articles so that yahoo and other sites will get the clicks they need to see for their own metrics.
      I agree news nowadays isn't creditable like in the old days. Rumors, hearsay, and speculation is all you need now to make a buck. Just like patents, just because you scribbled on napkin, you can patent it. You use to have to actually have a physical prototype or example to file a patent.


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    1. scroogelives's Avatar
      scroogelives -
      I wonder if this will be like the white iphone where apple took months to get the it to look right!


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    1. TDH Advocate's Avatar
      TDH Advocate -
      Production issues on an upcoming iPhone? What a surprise! Not. Lol.
    1. NewdestinyX's Avatar
      NewdestinyX -
      I knew they'd never release two different models in 1 year. And don't say 5C/5S.. The 5C was just a repackaged 5.

      I knew the 5.5 would never happen.
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Quote Originally Posted by NewdestinyX View Post
      I knew they'd never release two different models in 1 year. And don't say 5C/5S.. The 5C was just a repackaged 5.

      I knew the 5.5 would never happen.
      Always thought that was a bit of a stretch myself.
    1. Al226's Avatar
      Al226 -
      I hope they come out with a new, weird and limited color (molten, golden lava or something) to make tons of money again as with the "gold iPhone"
    1. Silverado1987's Avatar
      Silverado1987 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Al226 View Post
      I hope they come out with a new, weird and limited color (molten, golden lava or something) to make tons of money again as with the "gold iPhone"
      You mean like a 5.5" lol


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    1. blkcadi's Avatar
      blkcadi -
      Quote Originally Posted by Simon View Post
      Always thought that was a bit of a stretch myself.
      I'm still hoping, fingers crossed. The 5.5 is the one I really want, but planned on buying both. Oh well, still all just rumors. Ya never know.
    1. LatinGeo's Avatar
      LatinGeo -
      That's funny isn't the iPad and iPad mini a touch screen LoL
    1. yohomie's Avatar
      yohomie -
      Quote Originally Posted by Fender View Post
      Last week I was scrolling through yahoo's home page and there were literally 4 different articles about the sapphire glass. I kid you not, article 1 said they had more than enough, article 2 contradicted that and said they were short, the third said that Apple has enough for ALL of their devices and iWatches, and the 4th said that the iWatch could face sapphire glass problems - they were spaced every other link as you scrolled down. This isn't news, these are bored "reporters" writing padded articles so that yahoo and other sites will get the clicks they need to see for their own metrics.
      Of course! You're a reporter and you need a story that will generate interest .... thinking ... thinking .... Ohh, Apple is short of Sapphire and has manufacturing issues with the iPhone 6. BAM ... you still have a job.