RUMOURS claiming that Apple's 5.5in iPhone 6 model has been delayed have resurfaced, with an analyst having claimed that supply constraints could lead to a "serious" setback.
Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities is the analyst, and has a good track record to providing accurate Apple product information.
Despite recent speculation having claimed that both 4.7in and 5.5in iPhone 6 models will launch later this year, likely in September, Kuo has put out a new claim that the larger of the two is unlikely to see a release this year, due to issues with the in-cell touch panel and the colouring of the device.
In the note, seen by 9to5Mac, Kuo said, "We think the 5.5-inch model will also have issues with the yield rate of in-cell touch panel and color unevenness of metal casing. Indeed, these problems will likely be even more complicated with a larger size.
"We are conservative about 5.5-inch iPhone launching by end-2014. Even if the product is launched in 2014, it is likely to take place after mid-4Q14, which is later than the September-October of consensus, with shipments being lower than consensus of 15- 20mn units."
The note went on to claim that the model's rumoured sapphire display, which recently got put through - and passed - a scratch test on video, might not yet be sturdy enough to go to market.
"Indeed, these problems will likely be even more complicated with a larger size. In addition, from a technical perspective, we don't expect sapphire cover, used for the first time on the 5.5-inch model, will easily pass the drop test near term," Kuo said.
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