Apple to Reportedly Release 4.7-Inch iPhone 6 This Fall, 5.5-Inch Version Delayed

iphone-6-hero-two-sizes Apple is set to begin mass production of the 4.7-inch display to be used in the iPhone 6 this May in preparation for the device's general release this fall, according to a new report from Reuters.

Citing supply chain sources, the report also states that the much rumored 5.5-inch version of the iPhone could be delayed due to difficulties with in-cell production technology, and is likely to commence several months after the initial production of the 4.7-inch displays.

Japan Display Inc, Sharp Corp and South Korea's LG Display Co Ltd have all been tapped to make the screens, said the sources, who asked not to be identified.

But due to difficulties with in-cell production technology for the larger 5.5-inch size, one of the sources said, a decision was made to begin mass production with the 4.7-inch version alone.

Production of 5.5-inch screens is expected to start several months later, with the possibility of a shift to a film sensor instead of in-cell technology for that size, the source said.

A report last week from Japanese business newspaper Nikkei stated that the iPhone 6 could launch "as early as September", and will be offered in 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch display sizes. This contrasted a claim from UBS analyst Steve Milunovich, who also said that the 4.7-inch version of the iPhone 6 might be the only model to launch later this year, with a timeframe for the larger 5.5-inch version unclear.

In addition to a larger display, Apple's next-generation iPhone will likely feature a durable, sapphire screen, and a thinner, bezel-free design in addition to expected camera and processor upgrades.

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Top Rated Comments

Ann P Avatar
98 months ago
Man, looks like this 4.7" screen is really happening. I know I'm in the minority but the current form factor is perfect.
Score: 34 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Michael Scrip Avatar
98 months ago


I actually think this is a better size. 5,5" would bring it too close to the ipad mini.

Not as close as you think...

Score: 21 Votes (Like | Disagree)
saintforlife Avatar
98 months ago
I don't buy the stuff into the production issues at all on the larger model. This is typical Apple. With the 4.7" they catch the first wave of early adopters that want a larger screen. Then a few months later, they release the 5.5" version for another bump in sales. Anybody remember the 'white' iPhone 4S?
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ThunderSkunk Avatar
98 months ago
Yeaaa it's going to be delayed, along with the full-size iPad, the TV, the Watch, OSX, Pro Apps, and everything else that'd be worth talking about.

Delayed til Google & Samsung come out with it all first.
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)
unobtainium Avatar
98 months ago
Can't wait to see what this will actually look like. So far the renderings have all been incredibly boring.
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Serban Avatar
98 months ago
maybe this is an April joke
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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