updated 09:29 am EDT, Wed April 9, 2014
May back earlier claim of staggered launches
A 4.7-inch iPhone will start production in July, but a 5.5-inch model will only enter manufacturing in September, claims Taiwanese publication the Industrial & Commercial Times. July production would be in keeping with Apple's normal September/October iPhone launch window; starting in September, though, would imply a launch in late October at best, and most likely November. Apple typically needs two months to churn out enough units to meet launch demand.
The claim echoes a Reuters report that the 5.5-inch model will ship later, something attributed to production problems with the bigger screen size. While not as big as smartphones get, 5.5 inches is unusually huge for a flagship device and a full 1.5 inches beyond the iPhone 5s. Until this year, Apple has only ever produced 3.5- and 4-inch phones.