Reuters – Apple Order 50% Replacement iPhone 6 Screens In Advance

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BIG news has emerged today on just how many iPhone 6’s Apple expect to sell within seconds of launch as jubilant iPhonians line up across the world for their new, improved model.

Yes, according to Reuters, via My Broadband, Apple have told suppliers that they will require between 70 and 80 million devices.

That’s the plus side.

On the down side, Apple have ALREADY factored in a whopping 50% failure rate on the components, particularly the screen – that’s 40 million extra…

Apple to make 80 million large-screen iPhones

Apple has asked suppliers to manufacture between 70 million and 80 million of its two forthcoming large-screen iPhones by the end of the year, its largest initial production run of iPhones, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

Its forecast for the iPhones with 4.7-inch (11.9-cm) and 5.5-inch (14-cm) displays is much larger than the initial order last year of between 50 million and 60 million for iPhone 5S and 5C models, the people told the Journal.

Foxconn and Pegatron plan to start mass producing the 4.7-inch iPhone model next month, and Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd, whose parent is Foxconn, will begin making the 5.5-inch version exclusively in September, the people said.

Both iPhone 6 screens will be larger than the 4.0-inch (10.2-cm) panels on Apple’s existing iPhone 5S and 5C models.

The new phone models are also expected to feature metal cases similar to the iPhone 5S and likely come in multiple colors, the people said.

Both iPhone 6 screens are expected to use in-cell touch panel technology, built into the screen and allowing for thinner construction than with standard touch panel films, that was introduced with the iPhone 5, sources told Reuters in March.

There could be difficulties with in-cell production technology for the larger 5.5-inch size, one of the sources told Reuters.

To factor in the possibility of a higher failure rate for displays, Apple has asked component makers to be prepared to make up to 120 million iPhones, the people told the Journal on Monday.

Factor in a higher failure rate?

Wasn’t the original bad enough?

Oh Apple, you really are pushing the boundaries of taking your customers for fools now.

Tiny battery.

Flimsy screen.

Nothing new in iOS8.

Sure, many will buy it and do you know what?

I hope they do.

Because at the same time those very same people will be encountering joyful returning BlackBerrians clutching their NEW BlackBerry’s.

The ones with the HUGE battery life.

A nice tough build…

And innovative software and design.

And they’ll see the difference.

The disgruntlement will not be pretty.

As one lady said on Twitter after the Apple WDC that introduced iOS8 ‘I think that’s enough with Apple. I think I want a BlackBerry.’

She will not be alone…

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