5.5-inch iPhone 6 Phablet, iPad mini 3, iPad Air 2 Production Pushed To September
The latest rumor related to the ever intriguing world of Apple hardware is suggesting that the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 will be the only new device ready for launch this September. The Cupertino giant is expected to announce a media event to take place in September, with the intention being to launch new mobile hardware later on in the month. If the latest leaks coming out of the Far East turn out to be true, then production of the larger 5.5-inch iPhone and all new iPad hardware could be delayed until September at the earliest.
Apple’s “iPhone 6” roadmap has already been blighted by suggestions of component issues and manufacturing problems relating to the production of the larger 5.5-inch display. This isn’t the first source claiming to have inside knowledge of Apple’s plans speculating that the larger “phablet” handset will be delayed. However, this is the first time that someone has actually cited sources to suggest that the new iPad Air 2 and third-generation iPad mini 3 could also be pushed back along with the larger iPhone.
The report, doesn’t seem to offer any tangible or logical reason for why the delays are occurring, but it does suggest that production of the three new pieces of kit could be in full swing by the end of the year. The increase in productivity during the fourth-quarter will largely be down to a number of productivity and efficiency improvements that have recently been installed throughout the factories of Apple’s supply partners.
If Apple really is planning on splitting its iPhone lineup into two very separate models then it looks like the move could ultimately split its user-base as well.
The recently teased iOS 8 software is expecting to get a GM build sometime in August, with the final public release expecting to ship with the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 in September. If the larger device does end up being delayed until later in the year then it could force those iOS fans looking for a larger screen device to finally look elsewhere. With that said, the promise of a large-screen iPhone, complete with iOS 8 and powered by Apple’s A8 processor is enough to keep anyone interested.