While Apple enthusiasts are waiting on tenterhooks for a possible September announcement on the next iPhone model, there are rumours floating about that the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 may be pushed back to a 2015 release window.

Traditionally Apple has announced the latest iPhone model around September, with an October release.

According to a new report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple is facing a number of production issues with the upcoming 4.7-inch version, which will likely cause the shift in the release date.

“Production bottlenecks on 4.7-inch iPhone 6 centre 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, colour unevenness is an issue,” Macrumours, quoting Kuo in his report.

This isn’t the first time that production has been hampered on the new iPhone version, as Apple rejected Catcher Technology’s 4.7-Inch iPhone 6 casings over defects in June this year, and later opted to rather go with supply partners Jabil and Foxconn. There were also previous rumours that production had ran into issues with the 5.5-inch phone’s display and battery.

The smartphone is said to make use of sapphire cover glass, but Kuo isn’t so sure if that is the best option. “The display may not easily pass the drop test near term,” AppleInsider wrote, citing Kuo.

While we will possibly hear more rumours as we get closer to release, it’s as the old saying goes: “Where there is smoke, there is fire.” Some of them might be true, but we’ll just have to wait until Apple gives us the official word.

[Source – Macrumors]
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