Rumor: Apple’s 5.5-Inch iPhone ‘6L’ Will Include Major Battery Boost
While there has been no shortage of rumors about both of the iPhone 6 models that are expected to be released later this year, most of the information and component leaks have been associated with the smaller 4.7-inch model. Many of the rumors that have been circulating about the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 have been about the various production difficulties that Apple’s suppliers have encountered that may delay its release date or limit its initial availability.
The Wall Street Journal recently cited unnamed supply chain sources who said that display makers were having difficulty making the screens for the 5.5-inch model due to the larger size and the use of a new, thinner type of display technology. Similarly, 9to5Mac cited insider sources who reported that the 5.5-inch model was lagging the 4.7-inch model in the overall manufacturing and testing process. Both reports raised questions about whether or not the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 would be ready for the new iPhone unveiling media event that is rumored to be scheduled for September 9.
For this reason, fans of phablet-sized iPhones may be relieved to see that images of what are supposedly several key components for the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 model have recently surfaced online via Taiwan’s Apple Daily blog. The images purport to show multiple components for the 5.5-inch iPhone 6, including the device’s display, logic board, and battery. Of course, like all unauthorized leaks from Apple’s supply chain, these images should be taken with a large grain of salt. Besides giving Apple users a possible early glimpse of the rarer 5.5-inch model, Apple Daily also claimed that the larger-screen device will be called the “iPhone 6L,” with the “L” presumably standing for “Large.” As seen in the image above, the so-called iPhone 6L appears to be about the same height as the 4.7-inch iPhone 6, but is slightly wider. It also appears to have a narrower bezel above the display to give it additional screen estate.