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Crisis averted: New report claims 5.5-inch iPhone 6 model set to launch this year

Published Jun 3rd, 2014 11:45AM EDT
iPhone 6 Release Date

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Following some rumors that suggested the larger of Apple’s two new iPhone models might be facing delays that could push its debut back to 2015, a new report claims Apple’s partners have averted a crisis and the highly anticipated 5.5-inch iPhone will launch on time this year.

Chinese-language news site Laboya reported this week that Apple’s battery manufacturers have resolved issues that had threatened to cause delays in the 5.5-inch iPhone’s launch. According to the report, Chinese manufacturer Sunwoda Electronics will now be able to build 20 million batteries for Apple’s iPhone phablet in 2014.

Apple typically uses Taiwan-based Dynapack for batteries, and the company will reportedly still supply some battieries for Apple’s 5.5-inch iPhone in 2014. The bulk of its production at Dynapack will reportedly focus on other iPhone models, however.

A number of solid reports suggest that Apple will launch two new iPhone models in 2014. The first will be a redesigned iPhone 6 with a 4.7-inch screen that launches sometime this fall. Then, Apple is expected to launch a larger 5.5-inch model to better address the phablet market.

According to plugged-in KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, both new iPhone models will feature a new Apple A8 processor and integrated NFC.

Want to know what the iPhone 6 will look like? Be sure to check out iPhone 6 vs. iPhone 5s: New leak gives us a better look at huge redesign.

Zach Epstein
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Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content. Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment.

His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.