Apple Rejects Catcher's 4.7-Inch iPhone 6 Casings Over Defects

In April, it was reported that Catcher Technology would be supplying Apple with metal casings for the iPhone 6. Now, China's Economic Daily News (via Digitimes) reports that Apple has rejected Catcher's iPhone 6 chassis, instead choosing to place short term orders with longtime supply partners Jabil and Foxconn.

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Apple reportedly had issues with defects found in the connecting areas between the plastic and metal parts within the casings, which was caused by Catcher's anodizing process. The issues with the casings may take 2-3 months to fix, which may require Apple to rely on other supply partners.

Apple's 4.7-inch iPhone 6 is expected to go into mass production last month for a launch this fall. Reports have also suggested that Apple will also launch a larger, 5.5-inch version of the iPhone 6 at some point, with Bloomberg noting yesterday that Apple may launch both sizes of the device at the same time. In addition to a larger screen, the iPhone 6 is expected to include a thinner design, a faster A8 processor, an improved camera, and more.

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Top Rated Comments

Rocco83 Avatar
131 months ago
"Apple's 4.7-inch iPhone 6 is expected to go into mass production last month for a launch this fall."

Typing in the right tense is hard. In such a hurry to get minor news out they cannot proof read the stories.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
BMcCoy Avatar
131 months ago
So many suppliers and manufacturers in the supply chain, each with a workforce across many different roles...

I am surprised how few leaks we get of products. It does seem that the majority of companies, and people, have integrity.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
verniesgarden Avatar
131 months ago
Is it me or does Apple seem to have more problems with each release? I don't remember hearing anything about issues with iPhone 4 production. Then the 5 came, and they had issues with supply quantity, anodizing defects, etc... Now I'm hearing about the 6 having casing issues, trouble sourcing screens...

Why is Apple having such a hard time of it lately? Or are we just *hearing* about things now, when before they'd be kept under wraps?

You don't remember the white iPhone 4 then, it was pushed back and pushed back until it wasn't released at all due to the white button not matching the glass.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
topgunn Avatar
131 months ago
So many suppliers and manufacturers in the supply chain, each with a workforce across many different roles...

I am surprised how few leaks we get of products. It does seem that the majority of companies, and people, have integrity.

You say "have integrity". I say "fear reprisal".
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
lincolntran Avatar
131 months ago
So many suppliers and manufacturers in the supply chain, each with a workforce across many different roles...

I am surprised how few leaks we get of products. It does seem that the majority of companies, and people, have integrity.

Yet everytime a couple of images were leaked, the arm chair executives on here act like they can do a better job.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
output555 Avatar
131 months ago
Where's the proofreader?

"Apple's 4.7-inch iPhone 6 is expected to go into mass production last month for a launch this fall."
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