Apple is preparing for record breaking breaking sales of its next iPhone.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the tech giant has ordered suppliers to manufacture between 85 million and 90 million units combined of two new iPhone models with 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch displays by Dec. 31.
Apple last year ordered a then-record initial production run of 70 million to 80 million for its first larger-screen iPhones, the report claims.
Apple Inc. is preparing for a larger initial production run of its next iPhones, betting that even modest hardware changes will entice consumers to upgrade handsets and outstrip demand for the larger-screen phones that it released last year,’ the paper says.
It comes after circuitry and chips inside what is reported to be Apple’s next phone have been laid bare in a series of leaked images and files.
The image reveals that although the iPhone 6S is likely to keep its base storage at 16GB, it will have a new near-field communication (NFC) processor and have fewer chips.
While a schematic obtained in Japan suggests the handset will be 7.1mm thick – slightly thicker than the current 6.9mm thick iPhone 6.
The leaked images were analysed by experts at fan site 9to5Mac and tech firm Chipworks.
They claim the new NFC processor, which is used to make contactless Apple Pay payments, will add a secure element.
Every year following a major update to its phone hardware, Apple releases an incrementally upgraded handset that features minor tweaks.
These tweaks are typically made to boost battery life or performance, while the outside of the phones remain relatively unchanged. Based on recent leaked images and files, the iPhone 6S will be an almost identical, but more powerful version of last year’s iPhone 6. However, rumours do suggest there will be at least two new features designed to attract new users – namely an updated colour range, and Force Touch. Force Touch technology was introduced on the latest Macbook and is also available on the Apple Watch. In addition to recognising touch, the technology senses force, adding a new dimension to using the screen.