The 5.5 inch rumored iPhone 6 might get delayed as far as 2015 according to some production problems that apple is facing. The problems that Apple is facing with the 5.5 inch iPhone 6 is on the screen in both coloring and in-cell touch panel maybe because of the new design of the iPhone 6. Apple is also facing the same issue with the 4.7 inch iPhone 6 but Apple would be able to launch them in September as reported by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
Another problem that Apple is said to be facing is with the sapphire glass that is rumored to be used on both the 4.7 inch and the 5.5 inch iPhone 6 as though the sapphire glass is hard but still there are chances for the screen to break easily and won’t be able to pass the drop test. Incase Apple was not in time to find a solution for all these problems that they are facing during the production of iPhone 6, then we would only be seeing the 4.7 inch version of iPhone 6 this year with iPhone 5c and 5s at discounted prices.
According to Kuo ‘’ 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. 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. 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 reason behind Apple’s production difficulties might be the amount of work Apple is doing because it’s also said to come up with its first smart watch as well known as iWatch and it’s not easy to produce all three things at once, though the iPhone 6 would be just in time to compete with Note 4 from Samsung.