Cupertino – Apple Inc. is planning on the biggest iPhone 6 launch in the history of the company. According to the reports, Foxconn will be making a contract to build a staggering 90 million iPhone 6 units for 2014.
DigiTimes, allegedly based on news from sources from the upstream supply chain, suggests that the first iPhone to be manufacture will be a 4.7-inch edition. Subsequently, Apple will apparently start production of the 5.5-inch phablet edition in August. It is yet not clear whether Apple will release both next-generation iPhone handsets at the same time.
The Economic Daily News claims that the rumored 4.7-inch iPhone model, believed to be the flagship, will be announced in August, a month earlier than what has been previously expected.
Support representatives at German carrier Deutsche Telekom have allegedly reported that the date of launch of the iPhone is September 19, 2014. Last year, Apple begun the sale of iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C on September 20, 2013. The December 2013 quarter saw an increase of 6.7% year-on-year in iPhone sales. With the soon-to-be-launched iPhones, redesigned bodywork, a larger display and newer features are anticipated.
In terms of design of the two products, non-existent bezels are expected in addition to premium build materials and an ultra-thin chassis. According to GForGames, sources in China have hinted that Apple has engineered a deal with LG Display, Japan Display Corporation, and Innolux, in order to ensure a specific display technology for the iPhone 6.
South Korean investment firm KDB Daewoo Securities claims that there will be a standard iPhone 6 model with a 4.7-inch or 4.8-inch display at a full HD 1920×1080 pixel resolution, and a larger phablet edition with a 5.5-inch display at a 2K QHD resolution, 2272×1280 pixels. According to a report from 9to5Mac, analysts have speculated that the Apple products will retain the larger screen at 1136×640 pixel resolution, the same as that seen on the previous iPhone.
The products are expected to have a Touch-On display using on-cell touch sensors rather than in-cell as with current solutions. The exterior glass layer will house the touch sensors rather than those layered behind, thus, improving sensitivity and responsiveness. The handsets will also feature an A8 processor, apparently comprising 1GB of RAM and 16, 32 and 64 GB of storage.
Other recent leaks of this design, resurfaced at ePrice.com, have hinted toward the iPhone 6 being waterproof, the first waterproof iPhone, with an IP certification similar to that of Sony’s Xperia Z2 family and Samsung’s Galaxy S5 or S4 Active.
Apple is expected to split the production of the iPhone handsets, with Pegratron taking a 15% stake and Foxconn going with 85%.