Apple orders production of 78 million iPhone 7 handsets this year!

Apple may have suffered falling growth in the last quarter, but the smartphone pioneer seems highly optimistic about its growth prospects later this year.

The Economic Daily News has reported that Apple has ordered production of 72 to 78 million iPhone 7 handsets, way beyond what analysts had predicted.

Even though iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are still five months away from launch, a flurry of rumours and leaked images have given us a pretty good idea on how the two handsets will look and be like. What we know so far is that the handsets will feature dual-rear cameras (only in iPhone 7 Plus) and no rear antennas on the back of the phones. Popular leakster On Leaks also revealed an image of the upcoming iPhone 7 on Twitter, betraying curved edges, a flat rear and for the first time in the history of iPhones, the absence of a headphone jack! Macotakara suggests that by removing the 3.5mm jack, Apple will be able to reduce the thickness of the next iPhone by 'more than 1mm,' with screen shape and radius remaining the same.

So optimistic is Apple of the iPhone 7's success that it has ordered record production of the upcoming handsets with the upper limit of the reported order nearly touching 80 million. Naturally, the news was totally unexpected for Apple's device manufacturers and assemblers. After the news broke, stocks of both Foxconn and Pegatron grew by a sizable margin. So far, analysts have predicted that production of iPhone 7 and 7 Plus handsets will not exceed 65 million units this year.
 
As per 9to5Mac, apart from featuring dual cameras, redesigned antenna lines and a very similar design as iPhone 6s, iPhone 7 and 7 Plus may also feature capable A10 chips with faster CPUs and GPUs, 3GB of RAM, storage option of 256GB and will be the first iPhones to be completely waterproof.

Rumours have also increasingly fuelled a new theory about the iPhone 7 featuring a seven-day battery life. As per the Daily Mail, UK-based fuel-cell maker Intelligent Energy has been hands in glove with Apple on a project which will bring in a battery that will keep smartphones alive for an entire week. The battery will generate energy using oxygen and hydrogen.

As per Bloomberg, Apple is also working on new wireless charging technologies which will let you charge your iPhone without having to resort to charging mats. This means that you'll be able to charge your iPhone just like you use Hotspot to browse the internet using different devices placed away from each other.

If these stories are true and if the iPhone 7 will really be so revolutionary, then Apple might be right in estimating record-breaking sales of the two iPhones come fall. Given that we have limited and unconfirmed updates so far, we will wait with bated breaths for more news on the upcoming iPhones, preferably from KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo who has been right most of the time.

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