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Apple reportedly scrambling to meet surprisingly strong iPhone 6 Plus demand

Published Oct 7th, 2014 3:16PM EDT
iPhone 6 Plus Availability
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After suggesting in a questionable report that Apple might be shifting more resources to iPhone 6 Plus production, Digitimes is back with a second report on the same theme. Apparently the strong iPhone 6 Plus demand has surprised Apple, and the company is currently adjusting supply ratio for the two phones.

FROM EARLIER: These charts suggest Apple has already sold a ridiculous 21 million iPhone 6 units

iPhone 6 shipments are expected to be 3 million to 4 million lower than the initial forecast, as Apple is shifting some of its iPhone 6 production to the iPhone 6 Plus. Even so, buyers who aren’t able to get an iPhone 6 Plus right away shouldn’t be too excited just yet, as it’ll take a while for iPhone 6 Plus stock to build up.

“But most component suppliers’ current inventories are not sufficient for extra iPhone 6 Plus orders, and device manufacturers also do not have sufficient production lines for related assembly,” Digitimes wrote. “Therefore, the retail channel may need to wait a while before seeing a significant increase in iPhone 6 Plus supply, the sources noted.”

Recent reports have revealed that Apple may have sold up to 21 million combined iPhone 6 units, of which more than 4 million units may be 5.5-inch iOS phablets.

Similar unconfirmed reports coming from China revealed that iPhone 6 reservations have topped 4 million, well ahead of the official iPhone 6 preorders number, with one local retailer revealing it has actually received slightly more iPhone 6 Plus orders than iPhone 6, both pegged at over 1 million.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

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