iPhone 6 set for record breaking launch, according to WSJ

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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

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  • Nic

    With the new iPhone 6 coming out I better sell my old iPhone before the value of it drops. I usually search 12 different sites to find the best offer, but I just found this company that compares all the buyback companies in one spot, it’s called RecomHub.

    It’s like Kayak but for electronic devices that show you all the offers in one spot.

  • Jeff

    Apple needs to keep in mind that of the iPhone 5s &5c went through 60 to 80 million in a weekend as a example . A lot did not get the iphone 5 series due to screen size and not enough change to make it worth while , so held on the previous generations of iPhone models or got HTC or Samsung . It would be smart if they are going to release a bigger screen of 4.7 and 5.5 to come out with 200 million

    • Jeff

      9 million at first weekend and then trough the remainder of the 50-60 million that caused a week or longer delay or other wise known as a back order due to suck popularity . If people switch that wanted a better phone from Apple and went to crapsung or HTC they will if they like what the new iphone 6 comes out with will end up selling the samsung or HTC to get the iPhone agent all. That included openers of previous generations of Apple phones that didn’t upgrade . That means apple will sell out much faster if this turns out to be true . A lot are betting on that t will be including analysts .