5.5-inch ‘iPhone Air’ delayed to 2015 due to battery design issues – report

“Accord to a recent report coming from the Taiwanese media (or Taiwan’s Commercial Times to be exact), Apple’s 5.5-inch iPhone 6 (which has been referred to as the ‘iPhone Air’) might not be ready for the masses by the end of 2014,” G4Games reports. “Supposedly, Apple’s biggest challenge is to create a very thin device, and the main issue is that the battery cell suppliers are currently unable to meet the Cupertino giant’s demands.”

“In general, smartphone batteries have a thickness of roughly 2.8 / 2.9 millimeters, but in Apple’s vision, the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 must have a slick profile which can only be achieved by fitting a battery that measures only 2 mm or less,” G4Games reports. “As far as we know, the 5.5 inch iPhone 6 is being internally referred to as iPhone Air, and by ‘internally’ we don’t mean Apple’s employees, but Apple’s suppliers.”

“We should also point out that the ‘iPhone Air’ moniker is not set in stone, and that the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 might go on sale under a different name,” G4Games reports. “When it will happen exactly remains to be seen, but this doesn’t look too good for fans of big screens who were considering the possibility of switching to the iOS ecosystem.”

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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Dan K.” for the heads up.]

25 Comments

    1. These delayed rumors from various sources prior to every product whether it be a brand new product, redesigned or refresh always crop up. What is the next story line to follow in the journalist/analyst Apple playbook of reporting.

      1. …or perhaps a loose-lipped supplier admitted that it failed to meet the original Apple schedule, so Apple has had no choice but to delay until its battery supplier is able to overcome the development challenges.

        There are WAAAYY too many people here with their paranoid theories that everyone is out to get Apple. Get a grip.

  1. Does anyone else think that this is just the global “tech media” trying to backtrack on rumors of the nonexistent 5.5″ device because there’ve been no signs of it in the supply chain, unlike the presumed 4.7″ model?

  2. Rumour: Apple delays its ghetto iPhones because it is rumoured that Samsung is making 5.5″ and 4.7″ Galaxy phones to ‘compete’ with Apple. Apple is rumoured to be moving to 5.6″ and 4.8″ models as a ‘new’ innovation.

    This just in: Samsung is rumoured to be making 5.7″ and 4.9″ Galaxy phones to show how innovative they are.

    1. Samsung is one of those battery suppliers, according to the article. Samsung isn’t doing well with its latest offering. Samsung thinks people are waiting to see the iPhone 6. So Samsung creates a rumor that the iPhone 6 will be delayed a year. Typical.

  3. Lets put it this way. Apple is always struggling to meet demand for their flagship 4″ phone, I say it makes sense to release early next year as any supply issues for the 4.7 have been ironed out.
    A release for the 5.5 makes more sense then, and will also take the air out Samsung’s jumbo phone release which would also be released at the same time.
    I think the 5.5 timing is better for early next year.

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