Legendary 5.5-Inch iPhone 6 Release Date Likely Delayed

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So far, it’s nothing more than an oft-cited rumor, but if the 5.5-inch version of Apple’s iPhone 6 actually is in production, it might be next year before it’s available for purchase.

If a 5.5-inch iPhone 6 exists, it might not go on sale until 2015.That’s the latest from Taiwan’s Commercial Times, via G4Games, whose sources report that Apple is trying to build a very thin device that at this point might not be wide enough to store the size of battery that suppliers are producing.

It’s been widely anticipated that Apple will once again release two versions of its iconic iPhone this fall, a 4.7-inch device and one that is 5.5 inches, but this report throws some cold water on the potential that the larger phone – which would fit into the “phablet” category – will be ready for a September-October time frame, one year after the Silicon Valley giant’s last iPhone release.

Of course, Apple has said nothing about whether we’ll see one phone or two, or how large their screens will be. The company increased the iPhone’s display size from 3.3 inches to four inches nearly two years ago in order to keep up with Samsung and a bevy of Android manufacturers; however, those companies are now producing many handsets that are five inches and larger – even at a time when the majority of buyers are picking up devices that aren’t that big.

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