Apple’s 5.5-inch “phablet” iPhone 6 Plus may still be in short supply, but according to supply chain sources it’s likely to wind up accounting for a whopping 60% of total iPhone 6 family shipments.
Prior to the iPhone 6 Plus’ official announcement, analysts were predicting the plus-sized iPhone 6 would make up a tiny fraction of the sales of its smaller sibling. Taiwan’s Topology Research Institute predicted that of the 80 million iPhone 6 family units it forecast would sell by the end of 2014, the iPhone 6 would account for 70 million, while the 6 Plus would sell only between 8 and 10 million units during that same timeframe.
These revised estimates are based on the recent shipments of analog integrated circuits to iPhone 6 and 6 Plus manufacturers Foxconn Electronics and Pegatron Technology.
Foxconn is said to be responsible for the production of the iPhone 6 Plus, while Pegatron makes the iPhone 6. Shipments of ICs were reportedly even in the early days, but Foxconn has been receiving more shipments recently.
The report also claims that these higher-than-expected sales for the iPhone 6 Plus may hurt the sale of 7.9-inch iPad mini. This chimes with what we reported last month, when we suggested that the next iPad mini with Retina Display may not debut until the first quarter 2015 to differentiate it from Apple’s biggest ever iPhone.