Apple places massive chip orders for iPhone 8


Apple plans to sell 230 million next-gen iPhones.
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Chip orders reveal demand for the next-gen iPhones is set to exceed 50 million units during the second half of 2017, and hit a total of 220 million to 230 million units, according to a new report.

The new handsets are likely to be Apple’s biggest iPhone refresh since 2014’s iPhone 6 and 6 Plus-era devices, and promise to boast major new features. And it seems Apple’s willing to bank on that leading to massive demand!

With this in mind, today’s Digitimes report notes that Apple suppliers will start stockpiling chips during the second quarter of 2017, and will seriously step up their pace of inventory building from June onward.

ADI, Broadcom, Cirrus Logic, Cypress Semiconductor, NXP, Qualcomm, STMicroelectronics and TI are all reportedly among the chip suppliers for the 2017 iPhones, while TSMC will fabricate Apple’s custom A11 processors for the new handsets using its 10-nanometer process.

What to expect from 2017 iPhones

What isn’t made clear from the numbers is the mix of orders Apple plans for the new iPhones. According to multiple reports, Apple plans to launch three new iPhones this fall. Two will simply be updated versions of the current iPhone, while the third is set to be a high-end model sporting a new curved design, no Home button, improved camera system, OLED display, and more.

Are you excited about the next-gen iPhones, based on what you’ve read? Which new phone, if any, will you be buying this year? Leave your comments below.

  • Jackevia Phillipino

    I hope the iPhone 8 gives me something to stand up to the Galaxy S8 with. I think Samsung are really pushing it; at least with their marketing strategy (cough: Casey Neistat)