A bigger version of the iPhone 6 is expected to boast a slimmer battery. However, the launch of the new phone will likely be delayed due to complications in finding the right size battery.
Taiwan’s Industrial and Commercial Times and MacRumors reported that the Cupertino company might delay the launch of the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 to 2015 primarily due to difficulties finding a battery that is sufficiently slim enough to fit into the phone’s “very thin” design.
Rumour has it that Apple is looking to unveil two iPhone sizes: a 5.5-inch and a 4.7-inch model. Both of these are being referred to as the “iPhone Air” and are expected to be announced at the company’s next smartphone launch.
In a bid to make the iPhone Air as slim as possible, Apple is reportedly searching for a battery that is a mere two millimetres thick.
To date, the 4.7-inch version is said to be on track for this fall’s launch, which is in line with the company’s launch cycle for smartphones.
It should be noted that this is not the first time that the company has been rumoured to be facing production issues with the iPhone Air.
Reuters reported last month that Apple is facing display obstacles for its 5.5-inch model, which involves LG, Sharp and Japan Display.
Apple’s move into the 5.5-inch space represents the company’s first foray into bigger handsets, also known as “phablets”.
South Korean phone maker Samsung had an early start in the bigger smartphone market when it unveiled the original 5.3-inch Galaxy Note in 2011. Soon afterward, other manufacturers such as Nokia, LG and HTC rolled out similar sized-phones.
Meanwhile, the iPhone 6 is also rumoured to see its price jump by $100.