It has been widely anticipated that Apple would be debuting two new iPhones this fall. One, a regular (though large for Apple) phone-sized device with a rumored 4.7″ screen, the other Apple’s first ever “Phablet,” expected to have a 5.5″ screen to compete with devices like the Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note and LG G3.
But according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a good reputation when it comes to revealing Apple’s product plans, while the smaller phone is expected to debut on time, the larger device is likely to be delayed until at least the middle of the 4th quarter, and possibly next year. According to Kuo, Apple is struggling with the 4.7″ device’s touch screen, as well as having problems with the new metal casing.
Kuo was quoted as saying:
These problems will likely be even more complicated with a larger size.
The touchscreen is said to have issues related to touch sensitivity at the edges of the panel, and Apple is apparently having difficulty maintaining color across the entire metal case. These problems are, according to Kuo, already causing production delays for the smaller device. He also says the new scratch-resistant sapphire front panel, expected to be a key selling point of the new devices, is likely to be fragile in the larger 5.5″ size.
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Kuo indicated that Apple is also facing production delays on the rumored “iWatch,” pushing initial shipments into December, which could greatly impact sales during the critical holiday shopping season.
All this is great news for Samsung, which already has multiple devices in the large screen category, rumored to be introducing a premium “Galaxy Alpha” smartphone this fall, and has several Galaxy Gear smart watches for sale already.
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