According to a well-known and mostly reliable financial analyst, at least one of Apple’s as-good-as-confirmed “iPhablets” might have their commercial releases pushed back to next year on account of unforeseen production pickles.
Just when nearly all of the iPhone 6 puzzle pieces seemed to have fallen niftily into place, setting the stage for a game-changing double announcement in September, KGI Securities number cruncher Ming-Chi Kuo dropped the bomb.
After pegging the long elusive iWatch for a launch deep in 2014, possibly mere weeks ahead of the holiday shopping season start, Kuo made another risky prediction, anticipating a potential marketing disaster in Apple’s Cupertino camp.
Or maybe not. Either way, due to display and metal casing manufacturing issues, the largest iPhone to date is now expected in early 2015. Best case scenario, in November or December of this year, but only in extremely limited quantities.
Clearly, that spells trouble for Apple’s financial prosperity on the short term, although Tim Cook and the rest of the company’s powers that be may have designed a contingency plan already. Namely, they’ll go ahead and dispatch the slightly more affordable 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and also keep last year’s iPhone 5s and 5c around. At a fraction of their regular prices, no doubt helping them recover some of the lost mojo.
Exactly how trustworthy is all this intel, you ask? Again, KGI’s employee is respected in the biz, and his sources are clearly connected. But his recent track record is fairly spotty, with Kuo being just one of the countless insiders forecasting a global Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime that for all intents and purposes doesn’t look plausible anymore. Or does it?
Source: Apple Insider