Apple Planning to Sell 25 Million 5th Generation iPhones in 2011, Says Report
Whatever the next iPhone turns out to be, Apple is planning to sell gobs and gobs of it. The latest word, reported by the Wall Street Journal, is that Apple is telling its suppliers that it expects to sell 25 million of the “iPhone 5″ before the end of 2011.
The report cites unnamed sources at Apple’s suppliers. Apple’s products are assembled by Taiwan’s Hon Hai, the world’s biggest contract manufacturer of electronics, says the Journal. Hon Hai gets its parts from other companies in Taiwan and other parts of Asia, and people said to be from those suppliers revealed some details about the next iPhone, dubbed the “iPhone 5.”
Besides the usual rumors about an 8-megapixel camera and a thinner design, the unnamed sources said the new iPhones would use wireless baseband chips from Qualcomm instead of the ones from Infineon Technologies, which are in the current iPhone 4, according to teardowns of the product.
One of the sources revealed Apple’s sales goals, telling the Journal, “Apple’s sales estimates of the new iPhone is quite aggressive. It told us to prepare to help the company meet its goal of 25 million units by the end of the year. The initial production volume will be a few million units… we were told to ship the components to assembler Hon Hai in August.”
The 25-million target, while high, is realistic for the iPhone. Apple is reported to have sold 3 million iPhone 4s in the first three weeks of its release. In its most recent quarter, Apple reported selling 18.65 million iPhones, though that figure includes the older 3GS model as well. A previous report said Apple had ordered15 million ‘iPhone 5s’ from notebook maker Petagron.
Most reports point to Apple announcing the next iPhone in the late summer, with a September launch. There’s alse been speculation that Apple may announce more than one iPhone when the time comes. For a run-down of the most prevalent rumors surrounding the iPhone 5, check out our slideshow of the most buzzed-about new features.