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

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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  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 1810 mAh(14h 3G talk time)

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17 Comments

1. antmiu2

Posts: 550; Member since: Jun 19, 2011

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

7. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

2. mildorzalost

Posts: 143; Member since: Jun 03, 2014

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

3. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

They won't rush suppliers needlessly.

10. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 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.

4. Vexify

Posts: 570; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

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

5. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

Can't wait for the release of this beauty

6. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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….

9. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

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

11. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Note 4 may be shipping before the iP6.

8. Trolloftheyear

Posts: 66; Member since: Jul 16, 2014

Sacrificing battery for less needed thinness. Bunch of idiots.

12. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

14. Iodine

Posts: 1470; Member since: Jun 19, 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.

15. TheCynicalTechie

Posts: 78; Member since: Nov 19, 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.

16. Doakie

Posts: 2470; Member since: May 06, 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.

13. Furbal unregistered

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...

17. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 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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