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Apple’s hotly anticipated iPhone 6 phablet launch could be delayed

iPhone 6 Release Date Delays

Apple suppliers will start production of 4.7-inch displays for the iPhone 6 in May, Reuters reports, while the 5.5-inch displays for a rumored iPhone phablet have apparently been delayed. Apple is expected to launch the new iPhones in autumn, with a 4.7-inch model “likely to be produced first, while a 5.5-inch version could be delayed.”

For the bigger iPhone 6 models, Apple will use the same in-cell touch technology that was introduced with the iPhone 5, in order to decrease the thickness of the handset. However, it appears that difficulties with in-cell production technology for the larger 5.5-inch iPhone caused delays for the bigger panels, with 5.5-inch display screen production said to start “several months later.”

Reuters also says there’s a possibility for suppliers to shift from in-cell touch panels to film sensors for a 5.5-inch iPhone. A previous report also suggested that the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 may be delayed.

Japan Display will be the first supplier to start production in early May, with Sharp and LG Display set to begin iPhone 6 display production a month later.

Apple has been rumored for quite a while to launch at least two iPhone models this year, with screen sizes bigger than the 4-inch displays available in the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c – however, existing reports do not agree on the size of Apple’s first phablets, which ranges from 4.5-inch to 6-inches depending on the source.

Many concepts, some based on purported leaked schematics, have hit the web trying to guess what Apple’s bigger iPhones may look like.

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he closely follows the events in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises. Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.