First iPhone 6 Shipments Said to Number Around 68 Million Units

Apple will sell twice as many iPhones 6 units as it did for the iPhone 5 — at least this is what the company’s orders reveal — according to information obtained by the Taiwanese Business Weekly (via GforGames). Since the iPhone 6 is “officially” entering mass production, sources speaking with the Taiwanese media say that Apple has placed an unprecedented amount of iPhone orders.

Iphone 6 front panel

Analysts have already placed their best forecast, but this apparently beats some of them: According to Business Weekly, the first batch of iPhone 6 orders will be around 68 million units. The same sources confirmed to the newspaper that the highly anticipated device will enter mass production later this month, in line with previous rumours about the 4.7-inch version of the iPhone 6. The bigger, 5.5-inch version of the iPhone will likely hit the production line a month later, if we are to believe the rumours.

As the sources reveal, the July output means about 3.7 million iPhone 6 units, which will continue to grow as the launch date approaches.

You may recall the supply issues Apple had with the iPhone 5 — which brought the bigger, 4-inch screen. What we can understand from this report is that Apple may want to avoid the aforementioned issues by placing a bigger initial order. On the other hand, this could also mean that Apple is planning to release both the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch versions simultaneously…