Apple has placed orders for a staggering number of iPhones that will be built during the third and fourth quarters of 2015, says a new report that cites supply sources familiar with Apple’s iPhone 6s launch plans.
According to Digitimes, Taiwan makers estimate iPhone demand at 45-50 million units for the third quarter of 2015, and 70-80 million units for the critical Christmas quarter. That would put Apple’s total iPhone output for the second half of 2015 at 115 million to 130 million combined units.
The estimates are based on Apple’s demand for parts and components for the two periods, with sources saying that iPhone 6s production really began to gain momentum in September. The sources noted that production at Foxconn and Pegatron is expected to proceed “smoothly,” as there are no “shortfalls of force touch panels, camera modules, processors and memory devices.”
The sources say that while iPhone 6s momentum will continue to grow into the first quarter of 2016, growth may not be as strong as the previous year.
This isn’t the first report suggesting Apple’s new iPhones are expected to sell tremendously well this year, but some analysts said the iPhone maker might not be able to set a new iPhone sales record in the Christmas quarter. Last year, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus helped Apple set an all-time iPhone sales record during the holiday period. But the current economic slowdown affecting several markets, especially China, might prevent Apple from selling more than 74.5 million iPhones in the fourth quarter of the year, the analysts said.