While Samsung struggles to move its smartphone inventory, Apple is gearing up for what looks like its biggest launch ever. According to a new report, the company is ordering between 70 and 80 million iPhone 6 units before the end of the year. That’s a huge increase from the 50 to 60 million iPhone 5s and 5c devices ordered during the same period last year.
This new report from The Wall Street Journal appears to confirm that Apple will be selling two versions of the iPhone 6: one with a 4.7-inch display and one with a larger 5.5-inch screen. The latter size will be important for competing against Samsung and other Android phone makers in the fast-growing phablet market.
A bigger iPhone 6 will also allow Apple to sell a more premium version of its flagship. The Galaxy Note 3, for example, retails for $299 with a two-year contract, while the iPhone 5s costs $199. Because of complications related to the larger 5.5-inch screen, the WSJ says that production for the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 will begin in September, while the 4.7-inch version will start rolling off the assembly line next month.
Similar to the latest iPod touch, the iPhone 6 will reportedly feature a metal case available in multiple colors. Apple’s sequel is also expected to sport a stronger sapphire crystal display, a faster A8 processor and an enhanced camera. Other rumors point to the inclusion of NFC technology, which could enable mobile payments via iTunes accounts.
Samsung is apparently already feeling the heat from the iPhone 6, as the company just released a commercial poking fun at Apple fans who have been waiting for a bigger screen.