We have a bit of bad news for fans waiting for Apple’s larger 5.5-inch iPhone, possibly dubbed the iPhone Air. A new report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggests Apple may not be able to get the device out the door this fall and that it may not even launch this year.
A few months ago the device was also allegedly delayed due to production issues related to the larger screens used on the phone. Now, Kuo says that there are new concerns related to the metal casing used in the iPhone and the in-cell touch panels that are also employed.
“Production bottlenecks on 4.7-inch iPhone 6 center on the yield rate of in-cell touch panel and metal casing,” Kuo said in a note. “As in-cell touch panel becomes larger in size, the edge of the panel may become insensitive to touch. Meanwhile, under new manufacturing process for the iPhone 6 metal casing, color unevenness is an issue.” While Kuo is discussing the smaller 4.7-inch iPhone 6 in this case, the problem apparently escalates as the screen size increases, which is why the device may be facing delays.
The iPhone Air was originally expected to launch at the same time as the 4.7-inch iPhone 6, and it’s possible that it still will, though Kuo warns Apple may decide to launch it as late as next year instead.