Apple reportedly places unprecedented order for iPhone 6 units

Photo: Thomas Moyano and Nicolas Aichino

Photo: Thomas Moyano and Nicolas Aichino

The iPhone 6 is one of the most eagerly anticipated iPhone refreshes in years, but just how anticipated it is might surprise you.

Taiwan’s Business Weekly is reporting that Apple has orders at least 68 million units of its new iPhone. To put that in perspective, if true this is twice as large as the order Apple placed for the iPhone 5.

The report also states that the device (or devices, if you believe reports that we’ll see both a 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 6) will enter mass production in July. The respective chairmen of Apple’s primary manufacturers, Foxconn and Pegatron, have supposedly known about Apple’s plans since the second week of June.

If these reports come to fruition, it suggests that Apple has a huge amount of faith in the iPhone 6, which is likely to deliver on many of the most-requested demands made about recent iPhones, with a larger display being no. 1.

Taiwan’s Topology Research Institute has previously predicted that the iPhone 6 will sell around 80 million units by the end of 2014, with the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 accounting for 70 million of those, while the 5.5-inch “phablet” will sell between 8 and 10 million units during that same timeframe.

For more information on the iPhone 6, check out our “everything you need to know” post here. The handsets are expected to go on sale September 19.

About the author

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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