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Next-gen iPhone production reportedly begins for September launch

Apple’s 6s and 6s Plus “incremental” upgrades are no longer expected to debut early, but they should still post mind-blowing Q4 2015 sales.


It’s almost set in stone – the iPhone 7 isn’t in the cards this year. The “s” suffix, however, feels somewhat misleading for a change, as overall, we could be looking at a heftier list of enhancements than last fall.

Of course, the designs will go largely unaltered, rumor has it, and the high-res screens should measure 4.7 and 5.5 inches in diagonal, just like in 2014. Meanwhile, it’s wise to start saving up already if you’re eyeing a new purchase, given the anticipated RAM, storage, camera, connectivity and sensor improvements.

Stop dragging your feet too, and convincing yourselves there’s still time to raise the cash. Digitimes claims “makers in the iPhone supply chain have started delivering parts and components” to Foxconn and Pegatron for 6s/6s Plus assembly, a story that fits with previous hearsay.


If all goes well now, and it probably will, a September commercial dispatch seems an easy target, and so do shipments of “at least” 50 million units between October and December. That obviously doesn’t include consistently robust iPhone 6 and 6 Plus demand, and at the end of the day year, Cupertino reportedly projects a remarkable combined 240M tally or so.

Yes, two hundred and forty mil unit sales for the 6s, 6s Plus, 6, 6 Plus and 5s from January 2015 to the year’s completion, up an incredible 50M from 2014. And 2014’s 192M score was itself an all-time record that appeared unbreakable.

Remember how various analysts forecasted a mobile market stagnation or even regression? Yeah, well, Apple clearly follows different trends. Growth, growth and more growth, to be specific.

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