WSJ: Apple orders 80 million iPhone 6 handsets for the fall

People are always excited for the new iPhone that launches ever year, and it looks like Apple has great confidence in its 2014 offerings. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple has ordered 80 million units off the production line, to be ready for the expected fall launch.

Rumours regarding the iPhone 6 models have been going around for almost a whole year now. If they’re to be believed Apple will soon be unveiling two new models, much like last year, both having big high-resolution sapphire displays. The two models are rumoured to feature 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch screens respectively.

Now the Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple is so confident in its new models that they’re ordering a record-setting 80 million smartphones from their manufacturers. This number far exceeds last year’s 50-60 million devices, that later resulted in shortages around the world.

What's not clear just yet is how those numbers break down by model. According to an earlier report production of the 4.7-inch model was set to begin this month, while the 5.5-inch model was rumored to be facing notable delays. If this is true we may see the bulk of this 80 million order being comprised of the smaller model, which is also expected to sell in larger numbers.

However, considering Apple’s recent bid for the Chinese market, and their partnership with China Mobile, this massive order may be just barely enough to satisfy demand.

Apple’s previous record sales took place in Q4 of 2013 with 51 million devices sold. It looks like the company is confident they’ll set a whole new record by the end of this year.

Source: Wall Street Journal via: Gizmodo | Image via Apple

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I tried so hard. Really I did. I stuck with Android through and through, and even with my Galaxy S3, I just wasn't prepared to be another sheep that follow Apple around aimlessly.
However, the time has finally come, and I can't hold out any longer. The Iphone6 will be my next phone of choice. It hopefully comes into stores right when my current beer-mat runs out of contract.
The reason? Android is driving me up the wall. The memory issues, the lack of response, the play store being too open to abuse, the fact that now my phone wont be receiving any more updates despite hacked versions being in the wild already.
I'm just fed up. I have a top of the range phone based on hardware that frankly, is the slowest thing I've ever owned. Repaired, reset, wiped, formatted done it all. Android needs a MAJOR overhaul.
Having played and tested an Iphone out for a number of weeks, I have to say, Apple have certainly got this down to a tee, and I was blind, but now I see.
Bye Android, it was fun, but there's still plenty more work to be done. I'll come check on you in a couple of years time when it's contract time again. Adios.

Yep, when I use my iphone 5s the main thing which annoys me is the small screen. That's why I prefer using my LG G3.

That's reasonable considering there's about 313 million people in the US and 742 million in Europe (what I mean by reasonable is that I'm confident Apple will sell every unit they make).

I wonder how many devices they're producing per minute.

the new model will sell like hot cakes.. people are convinced iphones rocks and the big model just fits the needs of people nowadays.. a handset on which media can actually be seen and is not as tiny as the screens iphones have so far.

i agree, everyone i know with an iphone right now is tired of the tiny little screen. But, 4.7 is still a little small, while 5.5 is a little too big for the few i know sticking with the iphone. seems like they all think a 5" screen would be perfect.

-adrian- said,
the new model will sell like hot cakes.. people are convinced iphones rocks and the big model just fits the needs of people nowadays.. a handset on which media can actually be seen and is not as tiny as the screens iphones have so far.

I love my iPhone 4 screen size, if i want to see media bigger and better i'll use my iPad... it fits perfectly in my average sized hands and pockets.. I work in IT and regularly help people with their phones and some of the big models i've handled don't do anything for me.

The only reason Apple is producing bigger phones is because they are under pressure from the rest of the market... apparently people do want bigger phones.

I will be upgrading and think 4.7" is a nice compromise for me, if it was 5"+ only, i may have considered my other options.

Well if you explain me what you do with your phone I will tell you if you could make use of a bigger screen or if you waste your money on a £600 device

-adrian- said,
Well if you explain me what you do with your phone I will tell you if you could make use of a bigger screen or if you waste your money on a £600 device

I mainly use it for calls and email, but i WANT an iPhone, so it's not a waste of money.