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Apple reckons it’ll sell 80m iPhone 6 units in initial run

Apple orders production of 80 million iPhone 6’s for 2014, including the previously rumoured 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch devices.

Apple reckons it’ll see unprecedented demand for the upcoming iPhone 6 and is set to manufacture 80 million units in its initial run to keep up with orders.

According to The Wall Street Journal, Apple is gearing up for its largest production run ever, although the numbers will reflect two models coming to market – a 4.7-inch device and a 5.5-inch phablet.

iPhone 6 80m to be produced in 2014 by Apple

As a comparison, the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C orders amounted to between 50m and 60m orders, but Apple clearly thinks demand will be much higher for the sixth generation.

The WSJ quotes its sources as people ‘familiar with the matter’, although would not go any further than that.

The 4.7-inch iPhone 6 is expected to launch in September when the device is announced at the annual iPhone event. It’s reported that the Foxconn and Pegatron factories are already gearing up for the launch with devices on production lines already.

However the larger iPhone 5.5-inch will not launch until November because it’s reportedly subject to parts delays – most likely to be related to that larger display.

Internal specs include 64GB storage (although we assume there will be a range of capacities), and it will, unsurprisingly, launch on iOS 8. Although there’s no formal information about the chip, it’s likely Apple will bundle the iPhone 6 with an A7 processor, despite far-fetched rumours saying it will include a quad-core A8 chip.

After rumours suggested that both the iPhone 6 and larger iPhone would feature a sapphire display, it was recently proven to be a weaker hybrid, scratching easily when rubbed with sandpaper.

As if predicting this issue, Apple has reportedly ordered 120m display components, just in case there are further hiccups in construction.

Earlier this week, the iPhone 6 leaked on Amazon Japan, although the page was brought down soon after it was discovered.

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