KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a proven track record of revealing Apple's future product plans, told Apple Insider that there are production issues affecting both the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models. “Apple is already facing production bottlenecks on the 4.7-inch model related to the new technology for the device's in-cell touch panel, as well as colour unevenness on the redesigned iPhone 6 metal casing. Those problems are said to be even worse with the larger 5.5-inch model,” the report states quoting Kuo.
The smaller 4.7-inch model is still expected to be released this year, but it is likely that the launch of the larger version will be pushed back until next year. The analyst states that even if the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 is released this year, it is unlikely to be seen until after mid-fourth-quarter, which means after mid-November.
Kuo also revealed that Apple’s rumoured iWatch is facing production delays that would push its release back to December, and said that Apple will debut a new Apple TV set-top box this fall with motion controls and potentially support for a third-party App Store.