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Production issues could push back iPhone 6 launch

News by Luke Jones on Tuesday August 05, 2014.

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Production issues could affect the launch of the iPhone 6
Production issues could affect the launch of the iPhone 6

It has been oddly quiet on the iPhone 6 front of late, which means one of two things. Either the launch date is imminent and all that is left are the semantics, or the production process has hit a snag. With the new Apple flagship it seems that the latter is happening as Cupertino is facing an issue getting all the necessary components to build the handset.

The problem could be bad enough to push back the mooted launch date of the iPhone 6. The latest version of the most popular smartphone on the planet was apparently due to land in September, with reports suggesting a phablet iPhone would follow in November. My own sources told me that the two handsets would launch together, but that September roll out now seems unlikely, with October the new launch frame.

That's according to KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi Kuo, who has found that Apple is facing issues with several components for the iPhone 6. Kuo has a solid record with Apple leaks, so we are willing to take his word for it, for the time being anyway. Apparently there is a yield issue with touch panels and the metal chassis for the device, which could affect both models of the iPhone, but is more likely to cause problems with the phablet production.

Apple is building a 4.7-inch version that will be the iPhone 6 proper, and it is thought that production for this model is going smoothly. However, the 5.5-inch phablet iPhone has been plagued by production issues and this latest setback could push the launch date further into the year. That means that both devices may land alongside each other in October or even November, but it is also possible that Apple will launch the iPhone 6 on its own this year and roll out the iPhone phablet in 2015.

That latter scenario is unlikely according to my sources inside Apple UK, as the company is committed to launching devices in the latter part of the year. If the phablet iPhone cannot arrive until 2015, we think that Apple may still launch it this year with availability to come later.

source: Liberty Times

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