Superthin Battery Shortages Are Holding Up The iPhone Air [Rumor]

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So far, the consensus is that while we will see a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 in September, we will have to wait until the holidays, or even later, to see the rumored 5.5-inch model. The culprit, claim reports, are those ever pesky “yields,” but what does that mean? Why is a 5.5-inch iPhone 6 so much harder to make than a 4.7-inch one?

A new report out of Taiwan sheds some light on the matter. The issue apparently is that the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 is meant to be super thin… even thinner than the 4.7-inch. And that requires perfecting a very special kind of battery.

According to Taiwan’s Commercial Times, Apple has asked for its partners to create a 2mm thin battery for the iPhone 6, to make the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 the thinnest and lightest iPhone ever, despite its size.

The problem, though, is that a 2mm battery is hard to make. Normal batteries are 3mm, so Apple is effectively asking battery makers to shrink their technology by 33%. This demand might mean that the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 won’t go on sale until 2015.

Another interesting aspect of this report is that Apple’s suppliers are saying the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 will be called the iPhone Air. Nothing’s set in stone, but it makes sense that a bigger, thinner iPhone would go down the same branding path as the iPad.

  • itpromike

    Doesn’t Apple get that only they (and maybe just maybe a select few others) care about thinness? We don’t care about how thin it is, just give us longer lasting batteries and devices… I’m sure 90% of all people would sacrifice a few mm or .mm if it meant the device would last twice as long on a charge…

  • Joshua D.

    honestly smartphones are already super thin, especially the current iphone both samsung’s s5 and htc’s m8 actually got thicker than their previous versions, but honestly its hardly noticeable and both devices have killer specs, features and great battery life lasting over a day or 2.

  • Nick

    “create a 2mm thin battery”.

    I believe you mean a 2mm THICK battery. Xmm thin is a meaningless marketing phrase. And it makes you sound like one of those idiots that calls themselves “35 years young”.

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