Apple iPhone 6: 70-80 million units built by year-end?

Apple iPhone 6: 70-80 million units built by year-end?Incredibly, I’m currently staring at a headline that reads: “Next iPhone Will Offer Bigger Screens”. THAT IS BRAND NEW INFORMATION. Well, if you’ve been in a coma for the past six months.

They’ll measure 4.7in and 5.5in, blah blah blah… The more interesting part of the story, for our money, is the notion of Apple ordering more iPhones for launch than ever before.

Credit goes to The Wall Street Journal, which in turn credits – you guessed it – anonymous “people familiar with the matter”.

They’re saying that Apple will order a whopping 70-80 million units of the iPhone 6 from its suppliers before the end of 2014.

To give that figure some context, the initial order for last year’s iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c was just (“just”, he says) 50-60 million.

Why the 33%(ish) rise? Well, Apple will finally be able to offer big-screen alternatives to its Android-based rivals. If you fancy a big phone right now i.e. anything larger than 4in, Apple simply cannot meet your needs.

And not forgetting Apple’s new parternship with China Mobile, the world’s largest mobile network, which started selling the iPhone last year. China likes a big phone, though - to be fair - it also likes a cheap phone, so we'll see how that pans out.

For what it’s worth, the sources say both models of the iPhone 6 will be metal and available in multiple colours, while the notion of the 5.5in model being problematic are reiterated.

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JanSt / MOD  Jul. 22, 2014 at 14:43

Lets face it: a bigger iPhone could come without an appstore and vga screen and they'd still sell 50 million.

TJ Skywasher  Jul. 22, 2014 at 17:47

Am I the only one that doesn't want a bigger screen?

JanSt / MOD  Jul. 22, 2014 at 19:13

I'm mostly perfectly happy with the 4in iPhones, but there are a few things that I do find tiresome - Gallery app's thumbs are too small. I do tend to store many many photos on my phones, and it may be my old age...I find the screen a tad too small for that - dito, any kind of photo editing. That aside: 4in screen No problem. Having said that: it's interesting to use the BB Z10 side by side with the 5s. 'Only' 4.3 inch compared to 4 on the iPhone, it iS a big difference.

Stelph  Jul. 24, 2014 at 11:15

Am I the only one that doesn't want a bigger screen?

Im happy with the 4" screen, I have pretty largish hands and the 4" screen seems to work best for me as at full stretch I can just reach all 4 corners of the phone. All these massive screened phones do is make me need to use a second hand when interacting with it which isnt ideal in my opinion

JanSt / MOD  Jul. 24, 2014 at 11:55

Am I the only one that doesn't want a bigger screen?

Im happy with the 4" screen, I have pretty largish hands and the 4" screen seems to work best for me as at full stretch I can just reach all 4 corners of the phone. All these massive screened phones do is make me need to use a second hand when interacting with it which isnt ideal in my opinion


It's true. Oddly, I still find it more funner to type on an iPhone (even a 3.5in model)
than on any other larger device. It's counterintuitive...but true. WP comes close - the Lumia 1020 is a pleasure for typing with one hand or two.

That said: I do think in addition to size, it's relevant to look at Android's design. It's crap for one-handed use.

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