5.5-Inch iPhone 6 Suffers Production Setback [Rumor]

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Apple may be moving ahead with its larger 5.5 inch iPhone, but according to a new report it’s running into a few problems along the way.

Reuters reports that while Apple is set to begin mass producing displays for its 4.7-inch iPhone as early as May, the eagerly anticipated 5.5-inch version is suffering supply chain issues relating to the production of in-cell technology for the larger screens.

In-cell technology was introduced with the iPhone 5, and allows for thinner screen construction than the standard touch panel films.

Apple’s difficulty manufacturing the larger screens means that the 4.7-inch screen are likely to be produced first — while a 5.5-inch version could be delayed, according to supply chain sources.

The source notes that production of the 5.5-inch screens will start several months later, with the possibility of a manufacturing shift to a film sensor instead of in-cell technology.

According to the report, Japan Design, Sharp, and LG Display have been tapped to manufacture Apple’s iPhone screens. Of these, Japan Design will begin production in May at its flagship plant at Mobara, outside Tokyo. The others are due to begin output around June.

The iPhone 6 family is set to debut in September.

  • MongooseMan

    If this is indeed the form factor of the next model, good luck trying to keep hold of it. It’s going to be flying out of people’s hands and onto the concrete faster than you can blink.

    • herbaled

      What??? Besides being thinner, the “form factor” is almost exactly the same as previous iPhones.

      • MongooseMan

        The 5s/5c has a defined edge on each side which allows the user instant, sightless feedback to reinforce the fact they’ve got a good grip on it. Take that hard edge away and you’re going to have a hard time hanging onto a rounded, polished metallic surface as easily.

  • post post modern dad

    This isn’t even funny. And to declare a setback for something not announced is just lame.

  • herbaled

    What a lame article. Of course ” … it’s running into a few problems along the way.” R&D always involves problems and “set backs” in schedule. It’s the nature of the beast.

    Also, every time Apple is creating a new product the nothing-to-say-worth-reading media comes out with articles like this.

  • digitaldumdum

    A rumor about a rumor from the key players of the rumor mill… by a key player of the rumor distributors. How predictable.

  • PMB01

    Not going to look like that. That phone will have about an hour of battery life. Batteries just can’t be that thin yet.

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