Report: Apple iPhone phablet (aka the Apple iPhone Air) pushed back to 2015 or perhaps even later

Report: Apple iPhone phablet (aka the Apple iPhone Air) pushed back to 2015 or perhaps even later
A report published Tuesday in Taiwan, is going to make many of you groan in displeasure. It seems that Apple's suppliers are having a hard time producing a battery for the phablet-sized version of the Apple iPhone. The device, which allegedly carries a 5.5 inch screen, is said to be so thin, that it requires the battery to be no more than 2mm thick. A normal smartphone cell is 2.8mm to 2.9mm thick. As a result of its inability to obtain such a thin battery, the iPhone phablet is now delayed until Apple can find a reliable source for the cell. Samsung SDI and LG are said to be working on the battery, along with some smaller manufacturers.

According to the report, the suppliers are referring to the 5.5 inch iPhone model as the Apple iPhone Air. This dovetails with an earlier story back in January that claimed Apple was working on a 6mm thin Apple iPhone Air. Not only does today's report from Taiwan seem to confirm the name of the device, it also confirms that Apple is working on a phone that is thin enough to demand a battery with an unusually thin footprint. We also showed you a picture that was said to be the metal housing for the Apple iPhone Air.

As usual with a story of this type, we urge you to take it with a grain of salt. This is the time of the year when the air is thick with iPhone rumors (no pun intended) and many of them just do not pan out. Still, expectations have been raised so high, that if Apple does not release a large screened version of its iconic smartphone this year, there is bound to be some disappointment. As usual, Apple is pretty tight-lipped about anything iPhone related until the next iteration is unveiled.

Thanks for the tip!

source: CommercialTimes (translated) via GforGames

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49 Comments

1. Antimio

Posts: 313; Member since: Nov 11, 2013

I always knew it. They're just not prepared for that market.

3. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Actually good move, because they don't want to lose some sell number of iPhone 6. They will announce in iPad event 2015.

8. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Honestly who wants a phone THAT thin. My Note 3 is already really thin. I never thought to myself "Man, I wish this phone was thinner... "

11. true1984

Posts: 869; Member since: May 23, 2012

after 2012, no one thought that

12. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I agree. I thought a thin phone was great to have...until I had a Droid RAZR. Its so thin...it can be a lil uncomfortable to hold one handed. The added bulk from a thicker phone actually feels better to hold. For reference I also had a Rezound and Galaxy Nexus at the same time...was trying a lil experiment, comparisons with all 3. Apple.....ultra thin isnt always great for smartphones.

14. H3Drvr

Posts: 43; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

"Apple Ultra Thin" Sounds like some type of feminine hygiene product...

15. 36thDisciple

Posts: 28; Member since: Apr 21, 2014

Actually, it sounds like a male sexual safety product...

29. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

lmao @ both of you....

19. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

i owned that phone until DECEMBER and sold it on ebay for 175.00. I had a case on it most of the time, and it was not unfortable to hold. The Nexus 5 is pretty thin, but a case on that one makes it just fine to hold.

17. Antimio

Posts: 313; Member since: Nov 11, 2013

Totally! there is no benefit from having such a thin device.

23. mrblah

Posts: 577; Member since: Jan 22, 2013

Said Zack Morris about his brick phone.

31. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

Unless they are getting the bendable screen technology from LG, a phone that size but that thin would suffer damage more than a thicker phone would. We've already seen iPhone 5's bend and suffer damage, expect a lot more of that should Apple proceed along these lines. This whole race for thinness has gotten out of control. IMO, the focus should be on weight reduction, not size reduction.

33. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Agree.

21. mrblah

Posts: 577; Member since: Jan 22, 2013

troll alert!

26. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

No, Apple is ready for that market. I think it would be smart for them to push the release away from iPhone 6 release about 6 months. This way they will be releasing two headsets a year. It'll help them to reel in even more money. On top of that, this way will ensure the factory to keep up with the production. This is a very genius move on their part.

39. Topcat488

Posts: 1416; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

Samsung has been doing this with the Galaxy S & Note Series for years now... Apple will be copying, but as you say it's a very genius move. O.o "Two launches"

43. WallStreetWolf

Posts: 289; Member since: Apr 08, 2013

Good god, every company that has multiple product offerings does this. I admit that calling it "genius" is overzealous, but saying that they copied Samsung is just as ludicrous. Comparing Apple to Samsung just isn't feasible based on their different business models.

49. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Of course it isn't an original idea :P but this will definitely help boost Apple's sale even more. There are people out there just can't use a phone with only 4" screen and Apple finally taping into larger screen market which will help them to gain sale. Might be a little to get into the game, but it's better late than never. We should see how everything unfold

2. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Just add call function on the iPad mini then you'll have your iPhone Air. Problem solved.

41. galanoth

Posts: 428; Member since: Nov 26, 2011

LTE iPad mini with Hangouts!

48. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Can't you get a Google number too? I can't remember

4. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

*sigh* like jay said just add call function on the mini and you're good to go. one less device to worry/spend money on

5. BCMWorld

Posts: 59; Member since: Mar 24, 2014

They are prepared for the court but not for the market

9. dontneedtoknow

Posts: 158; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

Manufacturers aren't ready for them!

6. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

I'm having a hard time thinking that apple would release the new phablet during an "S" model year. Also, I thought they were having problems with the screen, not the battery.

36. stealthd unregistered

This isn't an "S" model year, last year was.

44. rallyguy

Posts: 620; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

2015 will be a "S" model year.

47. willard12 unregistered

They are reporting it as a separate model from the 4.7 in iPhone.

7. BCMWorld

Posts: 59; Member since: Mar 24, 2014

They are prepared for the court but not for the market

10. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

On second thought, they may release this along side the S6. Sammy don't wont that lol! This would make since. They either need to launch these phones together or different parts of the year.

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