We are still eagerly waiting for the next generation of the iPhone, the iPhone 6. The handset, or handsets are expected to reveal in September. Well, that is what we thought until today. Although the schedule for the iPhone 6 4.7-inch variant will be the same, the 5.5-inch will be delayed until 2015 according to some sources.
KGI’s analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has been known for his accuracy in predicting the Apple’s product release date, form factor, etc… Well, in the newest statement from the company, it predicts that Apple 5.5-inch variant will be delayed for the September launch, and this handset will possibly be available sometime early 2015 due to some issue with in-cell touch panel and the durability issue of the sapphire display not being able to survive in drop tests. The exact quote was:
“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.”
This year can arguably be the most important launch of the iPhone and Apple history, with the new product that is really stepping out of its comfort zone, and its mission to regain some of the market share from the giant Android. Stay tune for more report and the story develop.