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5.5-inch iPhone could be delayed until 2015

updated 09:41 am EDT, Tue April 22, 2014

Device said to be nicknamed 'iPhone Air'

Apple's oft-rumored 5.5-inch version of the iPhone 6 has been pushed into 2015, claims Taiwanese publication the Industrial and Commercial Times. Apple has reportedly had trouble finding a battery that's both powerful and less than 2mm thick, needed to fit the 5.5-inch model's "very thin" profile. Suppliers have allegedly been referring to the device as the "iPhone Air," though that may not be the final product name.

It would however be consistent with the naming of the iPad Air and MacBook Air, both of which are distinguished by unusually thin bodies relative to their other dimensions. At 5.5 inches an iPhone Air would also be venturing into "phablet" territory, perhaps warranting a special designation.

The Times was one of the first publications to suggest the 5.5-inch iPhone would ship after its 4.7-inch cousin. It was expected that it would ship in November, though, and only because of problems with screen size, not because of the battery.



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  1. prl99

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    Joined: 03-24-09

    When will we stop giving bogus claims press space? Apple hasn't stated anything so saying "Apple's off-rumored (anything) is an absolutely incorrect statement. Is this site so click hungry they will publish anything? People are gullible and will believe in anything that's written. We all know everything on the internet is true. /s

  1. hayesk

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    Joined: 09-17-99

    It's not delayed if it's not announced. This is just an analyst blaming Apple when it looks like his prediction will be wrong.

  1. mac_in_tosh

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    Joined: 12-14-11

    From a broader point of view, what have we become that we care so much about this trivia? It's just a phone. Is a few tenths of an inch difference of earth-shattering importance?

  1. prl99

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    Joined: 03-24-09

    "Is a few tenths of an inch difference of earth-shattering importance?"

    I could come up with a typical male thing but I won't. To many analysts the answer is yes and I don't understand why. A bigger phone won't fit in my pocket and I don't have it glued to my ear all day long either.

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