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The 5.5 inch iPhone 6 might be delayed until 2015

Render of iPhone 6
Render of iPhone 6
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The launch of the iPhone 6 is fast approaching, and Apple fans around the world are eagerly anticipating a new 4.7 inch, and a 5.5-inch version of the iPhone, but those who have been eager to get their hands on the new iPhone phablet might have to wait a little while longer. A new report that AppleInsider released on July 15 has suggested that there are some major production issues with the 5.5-inch version of the phone that could push the release date back to 2015.

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi-Kuo has predicted that supply issues on key components could result in a serious delay for the monster iPhone. Ming-Chi-Kuo has released very reliable information in the past in regards to Apple devices, so the general consensus is that these latest rumors are probably true.

The report suggests that there have been many issues in the manufacturing process of the 5.5-inch iPhone, with the casing and the sapphire screen being the biggest causes for concern. According to Kuo, the sapphire glass screen is apparently not strong enough to withstand impacts at the larger size, and the metal casing is proving to be difficult to color evenly during the manufacturing process.

These two issues could see the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 released without a metal case and without a sapphire screen to start off with, and then once the manufacturing process has been figured out, a newer version of the phablet could hit the market. Kuo predicts that when the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 does eventually ship, there may only be 15 million units available world-wide.

The new iPhone 6 is expected to be announced this September by Apple. The iPhone 6 will reportedly house a more efficient version of the A8 system-on-a-chip (SoC) processor, larger camera sensors for the iSight camera, and a higher resolution display. Apple are also expected to announce the arrival of the iWatch and a new iPad this fall.

There is no doubt that this news will disappoint many Apple fans, especially those who see the 5.5-inch version of the phone as a major competitor to the Samsung Galaxy Note series. While Apple has fallen behind Android devices of late, the technology community is predicting that the new iPhone 6, along with iOS 8 could propel Apple back to the top of the smartphone tree, but only time will tell if the new design and the new silicon will be able to remove the crown that is firmly seated on Android’s head.

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