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Ultra-thin iPhone 6 components reportedly trigger technical difficulties in Taiwan

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Ultra-thin iPhone 6 components reportedly trigger technical difficulties in Taiwan
According to a new report published by DigiTimes, Apple’s hardware partners in Taiwan have been challenged to reduce the thickness of components for the new iPhone 6 - including chassis, panels, and batteries. These ultra-thin components are causing Taiwanese companies to face “technological difficulties maintaining or hiking yield rates.” Thus, even if Apple’s partners may see their revenues going up, it’s said that gross margins won’t increase following the much anticipated launch of the new iPhone.

As previously reported, the battery inside the iPhone 6 could be only 2mm-thin. The new handset itself may be 7mm-thin - a tad skinnier than the 7.6mm iPhone 5s.

The iPhone 6 is expected to be announced in September, in two versions: one sporting a 4.7-inch display, and another one featuring a larger, 5.5-inch screen. Both versions have been allegedly pictured recently (see here and here), although for now we can’t be certain that those photos are legit.

DigiTimes has it that Apple could sell 60 to 70 million new iPhones by the end of 2014. Since the Cupertino company sold a total of 43.7 million iPhones in the first quarter of the year, those numbers don’t seem unrealistic.

source: DigiTimes

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posted on 16 Jul 2014, 19:21 3

1. antmiu2 (Posts: 209; Member since: 19 Jun 2011)


They should implement an an invite system! (Evil laugh here)

posted on 16 Jul 2014, 20:50 1

7. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5780; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


They kind of have that already. The iP5S had a sign-up for deliveries scheme, where you put your name on a list of iNvitees at each of the Apple stores. When inventory of your desired iToy arrived, you were 'iNvited' to pick it up. No show within X hours of being 'iNvited', and someone else was 'iNvited' to pick up the iToy.

posted on 16 Jul 2014, 19:34

2. mildorzalost (Posts: 21; Member since: 03 Jun 2014)


LOL thinner battery? >_< Iphone 6 will need a miracle

posted on 16 Jul 2014, 19:38

3. AfterShock (Posts: 2803; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


They won't rush suppliers needlessly.

posted on 16 Jul 2014, 21:32

10. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


They will make a havoc, saying: Ip6 is out of stock. Price will fire up, demand won't meet. Apples great deceptive ideas surely works out right, to fool the public, yet again.

posted on 16 Jul 2014, 19:49 1

4. Vexify (banned) (Posts: 570; Member since: 16 Jun 2014)


Blablabla. iPhone news is rubbish. Bring the REAL news when the device gets released.

posted on 16 Jul 2014, 20:14 2

5. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)


Can't wait for the release of this beauty

posted on 16 Jul 2014, 20:46 2

6. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5780; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


If the yield rumors are true, you may have a long wait to get your next iToy. One rumor that is making the rounds is that deliveries of the iPhone 6XL (5.5 inch screen edition) are not going to start until 2015….

posted on 16 Jul 2014, 21:28

9. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


This Ip6 and the Note4, will be a great combo to buy.

posted on 16 Jul 2014, 22:48 1

11. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5780; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Note 4 may be shipping before the iP6.

posted on 16 Jul 2014, 20:52 3

8. Trolloftheyear (banned) (Posts: 66; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


Sacrificing battery for less needed thinness. Bunch of idiots.

posted on 16 Jul 2014, 22:51 1

12. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5780; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Thinner everything for less needed thin-ness. If Apple is not able to book the sales they could have without the yield problems, that will be a needless fail for Apple.

posted on 17 Jul 2014, 01:07

14. Iodine (Posts: 384; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)


I think it would be pretty amazing to make it 0,6 mm thinner while increasing the battery capacity. Android flagships are still over 8 mm and they are not getting thinner. I think they made a right choice, as it is incredibly hard to make an ultra thin 7,6 mm flagship any thinner and they will shave off 0,6 mm or almost 8% ! Maybe they could even 0,7 to make it 6,9 mm but that would possibly make the battery same size as the iPhone 5S so they stopped at 7 mm, a huge technological achievement for a flagship phone nonetheless.

posted on 17 Jul 2014, 14:53

15. TheCynicalTechie (Posts: 70; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


That's not true, Android phones are much thinner. For example:

Gionee Elife S5.5 – 5.5mm
Vivo X3 - 5.57mm
Huawei Ascend P6 – 6.18mm
ZTE Athena – 6.2 mm
Vivo X1 – 6.55mm
Oppo Finder – 6.65 mm
Huawei Ascend P1 – 6.68 mm
Vivo X3L – 6.75 mm
Motorola Droid Razr – 7.1 mm

Not that it matters though. Whether it's 5mm or 8mm, the thinness of a phone is not what makes it good.

posted on 17 Jul 2014, 16:47

16. Doakie (Posts: 1252; Member since: 06 May 2009)


I wish all manufacturers weren't rushing to make their phones so thin and I wish they'd all be cramming fat batteries in them. The Huawei Ascend Mate 2 is very tempting with its two day battery life...... I'm planning on buying one; I'm getting tired of my Note 3 dying at like 4pm each day.

posted on 16 Jul 2014, 23:24

13. Furbal (Posts: 302; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


Tim Cooks background is in supply chain isnt it? I have a hard time believing he would lead a ship down that path. Things will turn out fine...

posted on 17 Jul 2014, 23:48

17. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3062; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


Except Timmie is busy with Dre, playing with his iPad and picking new colors for the upcoming iBeats headphone models.

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