According to a report by the Wall Street Journal, Apple is preparing for its biggest iPhone launch ever ahead of a fall unveiling of the iPhone 6. Supply chain sources “familiar with the matter” are stating that iPhone manufacturers are preparing to supply 70-80 million iPhone 6 units, including rumored 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch form factors, by the end of December.
From the WSJ report:
Apple’s forecast for what is commonly called the iPhone 6 is significantly larger than the initial order last year of between 50 million and 60 million versions of the iPhone 5S and 5C—which had a display measuring 4-inches diagonally, these people said. Both of the coming models are expected to feature metal cases similar to the iPhone 5S and likely come in multiple colors, these people said.
The combined order surpasses last year’s 50-60m iPhone 5S and 5C numbers, which was the largest new iPhone launch at that time. Apple sold over 9 million iPhones in the first weekend at last year’s launch.
The report lines up with previous information pointing to huge hiring sprees at both Foxconn and Pegatron, Apple’s two major iPhone suppliers. Foxconn is said to be recruiting over 100,000 employees specifically for iPhone production with Pegatron reported to be taking on over 10,000 new staffers.
A significantly redesigned form factor, improved cameras, sapphire crystal display and those all important larger screen sizes could lead to a huge upgrade cycle and potentially bring in customers from Android devices who had to look outside of the Apple ecosystem to satisfy their need for a screen above 4-inches in size.
Source: Wall Street Journal