According to a report by the Wall Street Journal, Apple is asking its suppliers to manufacture up 90 million units of its two upcoming newest iPhone models, the successors to the current iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus devices. In the previous year, the tech giant had only asked its suppliers to initially produce between 70 million to 80 million units of the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus.
Officially launched in September of last year, the iPhone 6 and its bigger sibling, the iPhone 6 Plus, have went on to become two of the best selling mobile devices ever produced by Apple. But it appears that the new follow up devices to the current iPhones will have an ever bigger demand, or so Apple thinks.
Many expect the two new iPhone devices to be launched in the fall (based on past launches of Apple smartphones over the last few years). Furthermore, the new devices will likely come with the “S” name, similar to past releases like the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 4S. Such “S” releases typically come with new features, but overall retain the design of their predecessor. As for the upcoming iPhone 6S devices, Apple may be incorporating its ForceTouch technology, which allows the handsets to process light taps and heavy taps with different corresponding functionalities.
iPhones are considered the most popular among Apple’s devices. It is certainly the most widely used. And ever since the company decided to upgrade the sizes of the display screens of its iPhones (from the iPhone 5S’ 4 inches to the 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches of the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus, respectively), the popularity of the devices have only increased, even in markets outside the United States. As a matter of fact, Apple now sees China as its largest market for iPhones, although it helps that the Chinese market is also the biggest mobile market in the world right now. iPhones now make up over two thirds of Apple’s sales -- before, it was only nearly half. Moreover, during the past two quarters, Apple was able to sell 135.7 million units of iPhones -- that’s up 43 percent compared to the same period one year earlier.
As indicated in the WSJ report, Apple is even considering the possibility of getting the services of Wistron as its third supplier in producing the new iPhones. Before, Apple only had Hon Hai Precision Industry (also known as Foxconn) and Pegatron as manufacturing partners. But if the initial demand for the new iPhones really are high, then hiring Wistron should be a sound idea.
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