A report at the beginning of the week claimed that the release of the larger iPhone model may be delayed due to battery issues, according to Taiwan’s Industrial and Commercial Times.
Thus, the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 could hit the market in 2015 as Apple is working on fitting the battery with the device’s ultra-thin design.
The publication also wrote that the phablet iPhone is being called the iPhone Air by suppliers.
Other rumors related to the production of the devices claim that Taiwan’s Catcher Technology will be the supplier of the metal cases.
Morgan Stanley analyst Grace Chen believes that 10.5 million cases could be shipped by the end of the year, which represents only 15% of Apple’s request.
This could be an indicator that an estimated 70 million iPhone 6 models may be shipped this year.
Analysts at Barclays Capital believe Catcher will boost production between 20 % and 40 % to meet demand for the smartphone.
They also expect shipment of the iPhone 6 to be 35% to 45% higher than that of iPhone 5S units in 2013.
Citing reliable sources, Macotakara claimed that the next iPhone will bring a new design, with more rounded corners, an all-aluminum body but also a more rounded display.
The report adds that the device could be close to the rounded shape of the Curvaceous Bumper made by Japanese company Squair.
Following reports about leaked photos of the iPhone 6, a video that compares the case of the rumored smartphone to its competitors has surfaced online.
Unbox Therapy posted a video that compares an iPhone 6 case with various smartphones available on the market such as including the iPhone 5S, Nexus 5 and Galaxy Note 3.
The case in the clip is built for a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 with a cutout for the power button on the side.
Finally, no week goes by without concepts of the rumored Apple smartphone.
French website Nowhereelse.fr and graphic designer Martin Hajek created 3D renders of the iPhone 6S and 6C based on recent leaks, with more rounded edges and a thinner form factor.
The power button is located along the upper right side of the device, and the rectangular volume controls are similar to the ones on the fifth-generation iPod touch.
The iPhone 6C mockups are presented in plastic cases instead of aluminum ones.
Hajek and Nowhereelse.fr also came up with a concept of the device based on the recent report by Macotakara about an iPhone 6 with a different design.
The mockup features rounded corners and a curved glass screen and the power button on the right side.