Apple is reportedly preparing around 90 million iPhone 6 units for 2014, almost double the amount of iPhone 5S units the company managed to sell in 2013. The move has been confirmed by several sources in the supply chain, and Foxconn will reportedly head the manufacturing of the iPhone 6.
There are several reasons for Apple ordering a much larger amount of iPhone’s this year. The first would be the launch date. While the previous iPhone 5 and 5S were launched late in the year, we could see Apple move towards a Summer release, possibly revealing the iPhone 6 at the WWDC conference in June.
Another reason could be the two new iPhone 6 models we will be seeing at launch; the 4.7-inch smartphone and 5.5-inch phablet. Unlike last year, where Apple launched the iPhone 5C, which did not fit into any real market, the iPhablet will be competing against the Galaxy Note 3, one of Samsung’s most popular smartphones.
The iPhone 6 will come with a big set of changes. The display will hit 1080p, and we may see a higher clock speed and more RAM in the A8 processor chip. Apple will also be changing the design of the iPhone 6. According to recent reports it will be extremely thin and will have an edge-to-edge display.
On the software side, iOS8 will reportedly offer a lot of new third party integration into Apple’s services, including Touch ID, iCloud, and Siri. Third parties will be able to develop their services on top of Apple’s and integrate further into the ecosystem. There will also be various new fitness and biometrics features added.
With the year-by-year sales slowing down, affecting both Apple and Samsung, the former company is looking to change that by going all in on specs and trying to compete heavily with the rivals on size, an unexpected but necessary move by Apple.
Apple wants to overshadow the iPhone 6 with a new product, the iWatch. The smartwatch will be Apple’s first wearable, and we believe it wants this to succeed this year in order to make investors happy and ensure that Apple is still all about innovation.