Apple plans record initial production of new iPhones: WSJ

Wed Jul 8, 2015 12:17pm EDT
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(Reuters) - Apple Inc (AAPL.O: Quote) is preparing for the largest initial production run for its next iPhones by the end of the year, the Wall Street journal reported.

The company is asking suppliers to manufacture 85 million to 90 million units of two new models with 4.7-inch and .5-inch displays.

The company had ordered 70 million to 80 million of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus last year, in its largest initial production run so far.

The new phones are also expected to feature Force Touch technology which can distinguish between a light tap and deep press, people familiar with the matter told the Journal.

The information about orders came from Apple’s suppliers, the paper added.

Bloomberg reported last month that suppliers had started initial production of iPhone models with Force Touch, a technology already used in Apple Watch and MacBook laptop.

The screen sizes are the same as in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Apple is also expected to maintain the screen resolution, the Journal said.

Apple is also considering a third assembler, Taiwan-based Wistron Corp 3231.TW to help produce the new phones, the paper said. Last year, Apple relied on Hon Hai Precision Industry Co(2317.TW: Quote) and Pegatron Corp (4938.TW: Quote).

Some component suppliers started manufacturing parts for the new iPhones in large quantity earlier this month, the newspaper reported.   Continued...

The Apple logo is seen at the flagship Apple retail store in San Francisco, California April 27, 2015. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith - RTX1AJ2C