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Here’s why you won’t be able to buy a 5.5-inch iPhone 6 in September

Published Jul 24th, 2014 10:10AM EDT
iPhone 6 Rumors: Why Launch Is Delayed

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Many iPhone 6 reports have claimed the bigger 5.5-inch iPhone 6 model is delayed, as Apple has been experiencing various production issues related to battery size, new display with in-cell touch sensors, or the sapphire front panel. But according to a new report, it appears that’s not why Apple may want to delay the phablet. Digitimes has learned from sources familiar with the matter that yield rates have not been an issue for the 5.5-inch iPhone 6, and the company instead has a completely different reason to hold the handset back.

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Apple doesn’t want any competition between the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 models at launch, the report claims, and will release the bigger model “several months later than the new 4.7-inch model.”

Apparently, the company learned its lesson last year when it simultaneously released the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 5c, with the better model turning out to be a hot seller at launch.

The publication also says that iWatch production isn’t affected either by low yield rates, and that the current iPhone supply chain will remain unaffected.

A recent report said the company is getting ready for its most important iPhone launch in its history, having ordered up to 80 million combined iPhone 6 units for this year.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

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 brings his entertainment expertise to 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.