It looks like Apple is expecting its "iPhone 6" to be a popular model. Because according to a recent report out of Taiwan, Cupertino has placed orders for an “unprecedented” number of "iPhone 6" units, with the first batch of devices said to consist of 68 million handsets.
The news comes from Taiwan’s Business Weekly (via GforGames), which adds that the "iPhone 6" will reportedly enter mass production this month, in July. It should be noted, however, that the publication doesn’t highlight whether the 68 million units ordered by Apple consist of 4.7-inch handsets, 5.5-inch models, or a mixture of each.
Both Foxconn and Pegatron, Apple’s manufacturers for the "iPhone 6," were notified of the situation in the second week of June, the report adds. To put the 68 million figure into perspective, this is twice the size of the first batch of iPhone 5 handsets, which were ordered back in 2012.
With a bigger, sapphire-coated display, under the hood performance improvements, and even haptic feedback technology said to feature in the upcoming model, it’s no wonder Apple is anticipating that customer interest in the "iPhone 6" will be great.
We’re expecting Cupertino to unveil its "iPhone 6" in September, though the precise date is still up for debate.
Alongside the next-generation iPhone, Apple should also release its iOS 8 mobile operating system to the general public. So far, developers are in the process of testing iOS 8 beta 3, though prospective “testers” still shouldn’t run the software on their main iOS device.
We’ll keep you updated with further information as we receive it.
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