KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi Kuo has released another research report which now claims Apple’s larger 5.5-inch iPhone 6 is facing touch panel production delays, which could possibly push back the launch until 2015, reports AppleInsider:
According to Kuo, Apple 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. Those problems are said to be even worse with the larger 5.5-inch model.
Kuo says “These problems will likely be even more complicated with a larger size,” as new in-cell touch panels are said to be more difficult implement for the larger-sized device as touch sensitivity on the edges are said to be proving a problem.
The analyst, which has a somewhat decent track record when it comes to predicting Apple’s products and launch cycles, says if Apple delays the larger 5.5-inch iPhone 6 to 2015, the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 would launch as expected along with price-reduced iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c models for the holiday quarter.
If Apple were to launch the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 this year, Kuo believes it would happen in mid-November, just after the mid-fourth quarter.
Last week Kuo predicated Apple’s rumoured iWatch would start production in November, a later date than he had previously projected back in April when he released the company’s supposed new product roadmap cycle.