Apple targets record day-one supply numbers for next-gen iPhone: WSJ
Cupertino recruits another manufacturer, prepares for 90m initial run
Apple has asked its iPhone manufacturing partners to prepare for the largest day-one supply in the smartphone's history, the Wall Street journal reported.
Following supply problems for the iPhone 6, Apple has reportedly recruited Taiwan-based Wistron to join fellow Taiwanese iPhone manufacturers Foxconn and Pegatron. According to WSJ, the initial run will be between 85m and 90m units, compared with 70m to 80m for the iPhone 6 range last year, which was Apple's largest day-one output ever.
The Journal also reported that Apple is making 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models, suggesting that the next handsets may be an iPhone 6S and an iPhone 6S Plus. No mention was made of the rumoured 4.5-inch iPhone 6C.
The global launch of the iPhone 6S is thought to be 11 September, 2015, with handsets available for purchase the following week on 18 September. If regional rumours on the August opening date for the Dubai Apple Store are true, UAE consumers won't have to revert to the infamous grey market for their handsets, but grey merchants may still have their day if Apple cannot meet its production goals.
Rumours about the next iPhones have circulated widely for several months. They include reports of an A9 chipset for greater speed and power efficiency; a leap to 2GB of system memory; a 12MP main camera capable of 4K video capture; and Force Touch, a feature resident in the Apple Watch allowing touch-screens to react differently based on how hard the screen is pressed by the user.