iPhone 6 Plus proving more popular than even Apple expected

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Call it pent up demand for a larger-screen iPhone if you want, but the phablet-sized iPhone 6 Plus is proving a whole lot more popular than even Apple thought it would.

That’s according to a new report, citing sources from the upstream supply chain, which claims that Cupertino is adjusting its supply ratio for the 6 Plus and 4.7-inch iPhone 6 to account for the unexpectedly massive number of people ordering the 5.5-inch model.

The sources note that iPhone 6 shipments are set to be 3-4 million units lower than originally anticipated, with the production orders instead being directed toward producing more units of the iPhone 6 Plus.

This marries up with other recent reports we’ve heard, claiming that Foxconn — the manufacturer responsible for production of the 6 Plus — has recently been getting more analog integrated circuit shipments than Pegatron, the company responsible for the iPhone 6.

According to that rumor, supply chain sources suggest that the iPhone 6 Plus could end up accounting for a massive 60% of total iPhone 6 family shipments.

While this is all well and good for people hoping for Apple’s larger-sized handset, however, don’t expect it to be any easier to get hold of a unit straight away. Since current inventories and production lines aren’t yet sufficient for the added 6 Plus orders, it may be a while before retail channels start seeing more iPhone 6 Plus devices showing up on the regular.