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Everything we had heard about a bigger, 5.5-inch model of the rumored iPhone 6 pointed to a release in early 2015, months after the smaller 4.7-inch version is expected to launch. But the extra wait may now be avoided, thanks to Apple finding a solution to a pesky battery problem.
GforGames reported Monday that "battery supply issues" may no longer push the launch of a rumored 5.5-inch iPhone into next year, with the handset presumably again on track to debut alongside a 4.7-inch model in August or September.
The original delay was blamed on Dynapack International Technology Corporation, Apple's main battery supplier, which was said to have been unable to deliver a "very slim battery" to fit inside "an extremely thin device" with a phablet-style, 5.5-inch display.
As a result, Apple has apparently switched suppliers to Sunwoda, which will reportedly manufacture "roughly 20 million" such batteries at a cost of about $6.40 apiece (40 yuan) — a rather costly component compared to the rest of the device.
With Apple said to be targeting 80 million iPhones in 2014, the company will presumably position the 5.5-inch model as "a more exclusive and pricier device" to compensate for the additional cost in materials, although the company still has the entire summer to figure it all out.
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