For those of you patiently waiting
to deliver a phablet-sized version of the iPhone, get comfortable, it doesn't look like a release is imminent. Instead, the latest rumors suggest Apple is having some difficulties finding a thin-sized battery that's powerful enough to drive a 5.5-inch display for a sufficient amount of time and has decided to delay the launch of the larger iPhone until next year.
Citing a Chinese language news report, MacRumors
says Apple is on the hunt for a battery that measures 2mm or less. Apple isn't willing to sacrifice a thin profile for a bigger display, nor does the Cupertino outfit want to get slammed in reviews for poor battery life. As a point of reference, the iPhone 5S offers up to 10 hours of talk time on 3G, up to 250 hours of standby time, up to 8 hours of Internet use on 3G, up to 10 hours of Internet use on LTE, up to 10 hours on Wi-Fi, up to 10 hours of video playback, and up to 40 hours of audio playback.
Apple's component suppliers have reportedly been referring to the larger size iPhone as the "iPhone Air." This isn't the official name of the device, though if Apple does go that route with the naming scheme, the iPhone Air would join Apple's MacBook Air and its more recently released iPad Air. Who knows, maybe an iPod Air is in cards, as well.
Previous rumors suggest the iPhone 6 will come with a custom A8 System-on-Chip (SoC), Touch ID fingerprint sensor, and an improved camera with optical image stabilization.