Another day, another rumor relating to Apple’s (AAPL) long-awaited iPhone upgrade.
According to Reuters, Apple’s iPhone 6 announcement next month could be delayed due to screen technology problems. The root of the issue seems to be the screen and a newer backlighting system expected to be used in the 4.7-inch version of the iPhone 6. The Cupertino, Calif.-based company, whose obsession with making the thinnest ever iPhone is well-known, purportedly changed its mind on the single layer backlight film for its flagship device after seeing the screen wasn’t bright enough. So, Apple was forced to go back to the drawing board and redesign the phone to accommodate the standard two layer backlight-film system.
It’s not clear if the switch could “delay the launch or limit the number of phones initially available to consumers,” Reuters said in its exclusive report. The publication notes however, that the problem, which allegedly occurred back in August, has since been rectified with production of the 4.7-inch version back under way. There was no mention in the report regarding the production status of the larger 5.5-inch model of the iPhone 6 or when it’s expected to be launched.
Apple is expected to unveil two iPhone 6 models: one with a 4.7-inch screen, and another with a larger 5.5-inch screen at a media event on September 9. Both models will use Apple’s next-gen A8 system-on-chip along with 1GB of RAM, NFC integration, OIS technology and of course, Touch ID fingerprint security. It is unclear whether the supply issues will delay the unveiling.
Shares of Apple, which are up over 41% and 26% y/y and ytd, respectively, closed at $101.32 on Friday.