Accessory Makers Preparing for September Launch of 5.5-inch iPhone 6 [Analyst]
The 5.5-inch iPhone 6 will likely launch sometime this fall, not in early 2015 as the first rumours suggested, at least according to Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Brian White. He bases his projection on what he saw during his trip to the far East: accessory makers have already started working on products for the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 (via MacRumors).
Brian White’s observations come shortly after a rumour claimed Apple had solved the alleged battery issue with the bigger iPhone 6, and it has already placed orders for 20 million units. Other rumours suggested that Apple would start manufacturing the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 only in August, and the 4.7-inch model enter production in July, just in time for a September launch.
Here is what Brian White says about his recent tour of Computex, the biggest Asian technology show:
Also at Computex, we noticed that a few vendors had already started work on accessories for the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 and the pieces were available at the show. Given the lack of data points in recent months around progress with the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 and growing skepticism in the media around a 2014 launch, we view this as a positive development. Based on today’s research, we believe the timing of the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 launch appears to be in sync with our expectation around the unveiling (i.e., September) of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6.
We must note, though, that Brian White does not have a good track record when predicting Apple’s product launches, so this could be only speculation. However, some believe in the simultaneous launch of the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models.