Apple plans to ship 20 million ‘phablet’ iPhone 6 handsets this year

iPhone 6 production is ramping up

Apple kept its cards close to its chest about the forthcoming iPhone 6 at yesterday’s WWDC keynote (and why wouldn’t it?), but new information has arrived in the form of a report from China.

This information suggests that Apple has been able to solve the battery issues that reportedly plagued production of its expected 5.5-inch iPhone 6, and that the company is on course to ship 20 millions of these handsets in 2014 alone. The news states that Apple is partnering with the China-based Sunwoda Electronics to manufacture batteries for all of these devices — with each battery costing roughly $6.40. Apple’s regular battery supplier, Dynapack, will also help fill the order.

While both iPhone 6 variants are now expected to ship at the same time, it is likely that you’ll have a much easier time finding a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 than you will its 5.5-inch bigger brother. Apple is reportedly planning to manufacture 80 million iPhone 6 handsets in total this year — meaning that the larger phablet will be significantly outnumbered by the 4.7-inch model. This exclusivity (combined with the larger size of the device) likely suggests that it will also come with a higher price point.

Which iPhone 6 model (if any) are you planning on picking up come September?

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Luke DormehlLuke Dormehl is a UK-based journalist and author, with a background working in documentary film for Channel 4 and the BBC. He is the author of The Formula: How Algorithms Solve All Our Problems, And Create More and The Apple Revolution, both published by Penguin/Random House. His tech writing has also appeared in Wired, Fast Company, Techmeme, and other publications. He'd like you a lot if you followed him on Twitter.

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