Production of the iPhone 6 is said to be getting underway later this month, and Apple plans to sell a lot of devices, with a record number of units being made for the phone’s official launch in September.
The iPhone 6 has been something that people have been talking about ever since the iPhone 5s was launched, but that’s not too surprising, since Apple is pretty consistent with its product releases and hasn’t really done anything surprising with its hardware for a while.
We’ve been hearing a lot of rumors recently about the iPhone 6’s design, features, price, etc., but one thing that’s been kind of a mystery so far deals with the actual production of the phone.
Rumors point to production of the iPhone 6 beginning later this month, and it turns out that Apple has put in a significantly large order this time, almost twice as many units as the iPhone 5 back in 2012.
According to Taiwan’s Business Weekly, Apple has put in an order of 68 million units to be made ahead of the iPhone 6’s expected launch at some point in September. This is a ton of phones, but it’s not said whether or not this accounts for both 4.7-inch models and 5.5-inch models.
For comparison, Apple sold 51 million iPhones during Q1 2014, which was the three-month period from October to December of 2013. While these numbers include combined sales of the iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c and iPhone 4s, it’s safe to say that a majority of that number were iPhone 5ss. Still, this puts into perspective just how much 68 million is, and Q1 2014 was one of Apple’s busiest quarters ever.
However, it seems Apple wants to be cautious and prepare for demand by producing a large number of iPhones in preparation for the iPhone 6’s launch in September. If you remember, supply of the iPhone 5s was severely limited when the device first launched, with many carrier stores only having limited inventory in stock, with the gold color being the rarest of options for buyers.
Another thing to keep in mind is that this huge order of 68 million units is rumored to just be the first batch of many orders to come. This first order will most likely be reserved for launch day inventory, while future orders will be meant for holiday shoppers later in the year.
As for when we might see the iPhone 6 officially launch, it’s been reported multiple times already that the device is expected to launch on September 19, which is a Friday. If you remember, the iPhone 5s also launched on a Friday last year, and Apple is very consistent on its release timeline every year for its product releases, so we wouldn’t be surprised by a September 19 launch.
On top of the larger screen (which is rumored to come in 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch flavors), it’s said that the iPhone 6 will also come with a higher resolution display, with 1704×960 being the agreed-upon resolution, which is a big step up from the iPhone 5s’s 1136×640 screen and will even have a higher pixel density than past models.
Aside from a larger screen and new design, the iPhone 6 is expected to come with an all-new processor (most likely the Apple A8), possibly more RAM, a better camera, and an improved Touch ID fingerprint sensor. The hardware of Touch ID is expected to receive a bit of an overhaul and will be more durable than the first-generation Touch ID sensors.
As for storage options, it’s said that Apple will change things up again and won’t offer a 16GB model, making the 32GB version the entry-level iPhone 6, with 64GB as the middle tier and a new 128GB option as the highest storage option, although it’s rumored that the 128GB flavor will only come to the 5.5-inch model, which makes a lot of sense.
Furthermore, we recently spotted iPhone 6 cases from Spigen listed on Amazon, which pretty much all but confirms that an iPhone 6 is coming in 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch screen sizes, as well as confirming that the device will indeed come with a design overhaul similar to that of the iPad and iPod Touch.
These look to be the first iPhone 6 cases that we’ve seen on Amazon. However, consumers can’t actually purchase them until September 30, according to the listing’s “in stock” date.
This isn’t the first time that Spigen has revealed cases to smartphones that have yet to be released. The company unveiled a set of Nexus 5 cases before the device was even official and even let people buy them before Google launched the Nexus 5, allowing us to get a closer look at what the phone might’ve looked like before its unveiling.