Everything we've been hearing about a bigger, 5.5-inch model of the rumored iPhone 6 points to a release in early 2015, months after the smaller 4.7-inch version. But that may no longer be the case, thanks to Apple tackling a thorny battery issue. GforGames reported Monday "battery supply issues" may no longer push the launch of a rumored 5.5-inch iPhone into next year, with the handset presumably again on track to debut alongside a 4.7-inch model in August or September.
The reason for the original delay is blamed on Dynapack International Technology Corporation, Apple's main battery supplier who was apparently unable to keep up with Cupertino's demands for a "very slim battery" to fit inside "an extremely thin device" with a phablet-style, 5.5-inch display.
As a result, Apple has apparently switched suppliers to Sunwoda, who will reportedly manufacture "roughly 20 million" such batteries at a cost of roughly $6.40 apiece (40 yuan) — a rather costly component compared to the rest of the device.
With Apple said to be targeted 80 million iPhones in 2014, the company will presumably position the 5.5-inch model as "a more exclusive and pricier device" to compensate for the additional cost in materials, although the company still has the entire summer to figure it all out.