In recent news, Apple has asked partner suppliers in Asia to ramp up the production of the 4.7 and 5.5 inch iPhone 6 models. The Wall Street Journal reported that 70 million to 80 million iPhone 6 models were requested to be produced before December. This would be Apple’s largest initial handset order in company history.
To put it in perspective, the initial production for the iPhone 5c and 5s models came out to between 50 million and 60 million units in 2013. In addition to the large smartphone order, Apple is also asking suppliers to ready components for up to 120 million iPhones by the end of the year. This is most likely due to display failures. With the large 4.7 and 5.5 inch screens, display manufacturers are claiming to experience yield issues as a result of the inclusion of advanced in-cell touch technology. This overall figure is enormous compared to last year, when Apple prepared parts for only 90 million iPhones.
While it may appear that Apple is already experiencing manufacturing delays, Foxconn and Pegatron are expected to start production of the 4.7 inch version in August. Foxconn is supposedly the sole producer of the 5.5 inch iPhone 6 and will begin manufacturing in September, which suggests that the handset will not see a release until October at the very earliest.
This report differs from the recent speculation that the production of the 4.7 inch version will begin this week, while the larger version would hit the assembly line in August. Regardless of when the highly anticipated smartphone is released, it is clear that Apple is preparing for it to be big..