Yes, it creates medical problems.
The reason this analyst is more accurate than others is because he is based in Taiwan, and practically all Apple products are made by Taiwanese companies (with manufacturing in China). All this guy does is wine and dine Foxconn executives and parts supplier executives trying to get some inside information.
I am sure the analysts in the US also have some connections, but Kuo is right where the action is.
Furthermore, in the note he identified three areas of concern. One, the irregular color of the metal, the touch sensitivity near the edges and the screen drop test. All seem to be fairly specific as if he does have some inside connection in the manufacturing team. He is from the region where that could be entirely possible.
I agree. It's not some random analyst making vague claims. It's an analyst with a good track record (the last being the prediction of the low cost iMac) making very specific claims. Of course no one can see the future, and Apple may very well have a breakthrough and solve these problems and launch both models in quantity. But I believe that, as of right now, he is in all likelihood correct.
How about Apple take a page out of Samsung's playbook and introduce the 5.5" model one week before the Galaxy S6 announcement? (sometime around April 2015)
I think his information comes from supply chain sources in East Asia. So when he claims knowledge of production delays I tend to believe him but when he claims knowledge of retail prices, not so much.
But quite apart from him, do I think Apple could release a > $1000 watch? Yes. It's no fun selling low margin products, it's much better to go after the top end of the market where you as a designer have the freedom to use expensive materials and make a no-compromises design.
Right. Check points:
Will it shatter if (when) I drop it? I care.
Will the screen be scratched by contact with objects and/or surfaces? I care.
Will the screen exhibit high brightness and contrast? I care.
Will colours have a natural appearance? I care.
Will the screen last several years before decaying? I care.
Will the screen be made of sapphire? Don't care. Why would I if the previous conditions are met? What matters is the quality of the product. HOW that quality is achieved is irrelevant.
Is this why most of the people I see using giant phones are Asian? Is there a benefit to a larger screen when working with certain languages? I wouldn't know, being barely monolingual myself.
Where does "hoping" fit in? The eyes squeezed shut, head tucked into shoulders, fists held tight to the point of shaking kind of hoping? The "Oh please oh please oh please!" kind of hoping? The it's Christmas Eve and I've been dropping hints about that Lego race car for months kind of hoping?
If I get up tomorrow and there's no 5.5" iPhone under the tree, I'm gonna be really disappointed. The "Tallest Grinch says there is no Santa Claus" kind of disappointed.
Maybe the thing is with these analysts...and where I can maybe give them a break...is they keep throwing a line out there expecting Apple to ACTUALLY RELEASE SOMETHING.
Apple is the one really falling short. More cash, more expertise, more capability than any other tech company, and come July of 2014 they've announced and released zero new products for the year. That which is expected TBA is the bare minimum.
What on other is going on? The better they do, the more they pull out. I don't understand it.
So maybe the RDF wasn't actually his...or are you suggesting a ghost writer now? /s
And this is a freaking seriously long message. Yup, an assay to be correct.