Apple’s 5.5-inch iPhone won’t hit market until 2015

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If you expect to hold Apple's 5.5-inch iPhone 6 in hands this fall, you might be disappointed this time, since the "phablet" iPhone model is reported to be delayed its launch into 2015 due to production issues, leaving the 4.7-inch version to debut alone in September.

Ming-Chi Kuo, a well-known KGI Securities analyst, issued a note on Sunday, indicating that the rumored 5.5-inch iPhone 6 won’t hit the market until next year, according to AppleInsider.

The reason might not be difficult to understand. In fact, the tech giant is already facing bottlenecks while manufacturing the 4.7-inch model, including issues of new in-cell touch screen panel and color unevenness on its metal casing. However, those problems are said ever more serious with the larger size phone-tablet hybrid.

"These problems will likely be even more complicated with a larger size," Kuo said. Specifically, the issues might cause its touch sensitivity around the edges of the in-cell touch panels.

Moreover, Kuo didn’t think the rumored 5.5-inch sapphire touch-screen would "easily pass the drop test near term." It means the fancy tough material could also be delayed too.
Apple fans might be impressed with a video going viral last week, showing a front cover of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 purported to be a sapphire glass, being stabbed, scratched and bent without any break, scratch or dent.

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Even though the 5.5-inch phablet won’t appear in fall, Apple doesn’t need to worry about its sales, as the 4.7-inch version with big improvements will be unveiled in time. In addition, the previous generations iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C would be sold alongside it at lower prices.

The 4.7-inch iPhone is reported to include a larger display, a thinner profile, a faster A8 processor and improved cameras.