A report from Economic Daily News contradicts reports of falling iPhone sales. Apple is allegedly betting high on the upcoming iPhone, as the report suggests the company has placed an order for between 72 million and 78 million iPhone 7 units this year.
Analysts estimated iPhone 7 orders at around 65 million units, so the 78 million order is way above the average forecast. In line with expectations, the report mentions Foxconn as responsible for the majority of iPhone 7 orders, followed by Pegatron.
You may recall reports from last week revealing both companies have begun hiring earlier than usual as they prepare to assemble the next-generation iPhone.
During the past few months, the rumour mill has been busy spilling contradictory information about the highly anticipated iPhone 7. For example, it is still an open question as to whether Apple will use a dual-lens camera system with the next-generation handset, or the Smart Connector currently limited to iPads.
There seems to be a consensus that the handset will retain the majority of external design elements of the iPhone 6 series, and that Apple will focus on internals. Word on the street is that the iPhone 7 will feature an A10 chip, 3 GB RAM, and possibly a 256 GB option, while still retaining the entry-level 16 GB model. A major external revamp is not expected until next year, when Apple will allegedly switch to an all-glass design.