Apple has asked its manufacturers to produce between 70 and 80 million iPhone 6 handsets to cope with the massive demand expected when it launches later this year.
That number covers both the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models; the former is expected to arrive in September, having already entered mass production, while the larger handset is thought to be launching nearer Christmas.
These numbers, revealed by the Wall Street Journal and sources “familiar with the matter,” are much higher than last year, when Apple requested between 50 and 60 million iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c handsets for their joint launch.
The extra demand is partly due to Apple now selling the iPhone through China Mobile, the world’s largest phone network, with some 760 million customers.
Multiple leaks point towards Apple announcing a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 in September, 0.7-inch larger than the iPhone 5s and 5c; the handset is expected to be thinner than the current range and it will run Apple’s new iOS 8 software, featuring the Health fitness tracking app.
The larger 5.5-inch model will see Apple enter the phabet market, taking the fight to the Samsung Galaxy Note series. Apart from the extra screen space, this model is tipped to feature sapphire crystal to protect the screen, instead of glass, and a rear camera with optical image stabilisation.
Source: Wall Street Journal