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.
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.