Apple Increasing iPhone Production with iPhone 5 Ramp-Up

Digitimes offers some updated estimates for iPhone production for the second half of 2011. According to them, Apple has increased the orders for their iPhone line by about 12-13% from 50 million units to 56 million units. The iPhone 5 in particular will reportedly account for 25.5-26 million units in the second half of 2011.

More specifically, iPhone 5 orders for the 3rd quarter (July, Aug, Sept) have been decreased from 7 million units to 5.5-6 million units while the 4th quarter (Oct, Nov, Dec) orders have been raised from 14 million units to more then 20 million units. Meanwhile, iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 unit shipments will decline correspondingly from over 20 million in the 3rd quarter to 8 million in the 4th quarter.

20110815 gm44ng2xyd4tw6j5j82grja4q9
As always, it's very hard to verify these projection numbers from Digitimes. They have previously offered up some unbelievable MacBook Air numbers. The iPhone numbers are likely closer to reality, as Apple's iPhone sales have been accelerating. Apple sold 20.34 million iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 units during their 3rd fiscal quarter (Apr, May, June). Note that Apple's financial results follow a fiscal yearly quarter system while Digitimes frequently refers to calendar quarters.

Based on these numbers, Apple's production for calendar Q3 and Q4 of all iPhones will be roughly 25.5 million and 28 million units, respectively. Looking at the history sales graph, these times of the year do represent major jumps in sales for Apple.

Some questions arise though, if these are accurate. 8 million units of the iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS in the 4th quarter must account for some ongoing sales of those units, since the iPhone 5 is believed to be launching in October. Continuing production and sales of the older models could have to do with a reduced pricing model or simply a slow worldwide roll out. Apple frequently launches their new devices in the U.S. first with other countries to follow.

Related Forum: iPhone

Top Rated Comments

Apple... Avatar
136 months ago
Who cares - I just want them to announce it already.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Goldfrapp Avatar
136 months ago
Lol, everyone's mad at this, it's a joke!
No one is mad.

Negative score on his post is for the lame factor.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Goldfrapp Avatar
136 months ago
"Believed to be launching in October" ??? ReallY????

THERE WILL BE NO iPhone 5!!!!!!!!! There will be NO iPhone 5!!! I repeat.

Apple is going to hypnotize their fully salivating user-base and implant Broadcom chips in their brains so they can use mind waves to sell billions of Apps from the Mac App store and beam all of your thoughts to the iCloud.

THY APPLE hath CONTROL of YOU.
This is the stupidest s*it I've ever read in my life.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
miamialley Avatar
136 months ago
"Believed to be launching in October" ??? ReallY????

THERE WILL BE NO iPhone 5!!!!!!!!! There will be NO iPhone 5!!! I repeat.

Apple is going to hypnotize their fully salivating user-base and implant Broadcom chips in their brains so they can use mind waves to sell billions of Apps from the Mac App store and beam all of your thoughts to the iCloud.

THY APPLE hath CONTROL of YOU.

Apple needs to pay attention to the only REAL serious computer they produce, the Mac Pro, the Power Macintosh of today, and stop their chicken-sh*tting with the iToys....if they don't get their game together, the serious computer users are going to abandon Apple and go elsewhere for real Power computing needs, if they can't be met by an Apple box anymore. And don't even start with the iCloud, that is a plan for total domination of the information ecosystem, with all of your sensitive data, photos, preferences and behaviors stored in a server farm in North Carolina...and I can guarantee you the uses of that data won't be 100% benign if the wrong people get their hands on it.

----------



Yes, and when the US can't repay their debt and China takes over full control of our economy and confiscates the iCloud infrastructure, your sensitive data will be under full control of the Chinese, where they can use that data to turn you to Socialism and bow to them. It's a direction that quite frankly scares me, iCloud is not as benign as it seems and may prove to the demise of the information age, when all of your private data and preferences are held on a remotely-controlled computer system (that can be hacked as well, I might add)

Ha, and I am sure you haven't read about how there is a loophole right now in the battery firmware of every MacBook Pro that can be exploited to potentially damage your machine or fry your battery?

And what about losing that iPhone 4 prototype? How secure are they at keeping things "under control"

Apple is a business, they can use your data to market to you, to try to sell you things, or to control your "purchasing environment" -- they are already doing this with "genius" in iTunes for crying out loud.

I hereby declare you 'the MR tin foil hat guy.' Post on!
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
bugfaceuk Avatar
136 months ago
The only thing that could get me to upgrade is Flash support. I'm sick of not being able to view the internet properly. Quit messing around and just let Adobe make it.

I think this is a compelling argument. Just look at what having Flash has done for sales of the Playbook and other Android tablets, people are desperate for this feature.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
AnthonyHarris Avatar
136 months ago
The only thing that could get me to upgrade is Flash support. I'm sick of not being able to view the internet properly. Quit messing around and just let Adobe make it.

That isn't going to happen. HTML 5 is doing far to well for apple to lift their iOS ban on flash.

Looks like you'll be stuck with Android. Poor you. Hah.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Popular Stories

iPhone 14 Mock pill and hole thumb

ProMotion Now Expected to Remain Exclusive to iPhone 14 Pro Models, Not Expand to Entire Lineup

Sunday January 16, 2022 8:56 am PST by
Continuing the tradition set with the iPhone 13 Pro, only the highest-end iPhone 14 models will feature Apple's ProMotion display technology, according to a respected display analyst. Ross Young, who on multiple occasions has detailed accurate information about Apple's future products, said in a tweet that ProMotion will not be expanded to the entire iPhone 14 lineup and will remain...
safari icon blue banner

Safari Bug Allows Websites to Track Your Recent Browsing Activity in Real Time [Updated]

Sunday January 16, 2022 3:37 pm PST by
A bug in WebKit's implementation of a JavaScript API called IndexedDB can reveal your recent browsing history and even your identity, according to a blog post shared on Friday by browser fingerprinting service FingerprintJS. In a nutshell, the bug allows any website that uses IndexedDB to access the names of IndexedDB databases generated by other websites during a user's browsing session....
ipad air 4 video

New iPad Air Rumored to Launch This Spring With A15 Chip, 5G, Center Stage Camera, and More

Saturday January 15, 2022 8:05 pm PST by
Apple is planning to release a fifth-generation iPad Air with similar features as the sixth-generation iPad mini, including an A15 Bionic chip, 12-megapixel Ultra Wide front camera with Center Stage support, 5G for cellular models, and Quad-LED True Tone flash, according to Japanese blog Mac Otakara. Citing reliables sources in China, the report claims that the new iPad Air could be...
Unlikely Products 2022 Feature

Six Rumored Apple Products You're Unlikely to See This Year

Saturday January 15, 2022 2:06 pm PST by
Much has been said about what consumers could see from Apple in 2022, but the company is also working on a handful of rumored products that aren't expected to be unveiled for at least another 12 months, and in some cases a lot longer. Of course, that's assuming they get released at all. Apple works on many potential products some of which ultimately never see the light of day. With that in...
AirPods Pro Gen 3 Mock Feature Red

AirPods Pro 2 Could Start a New Accessory Ecosystem

Friday January 14, 2022 2:34 am PST by
Apple's second-generation AirPods Pro could arrive alongside a new series of accessories, recent leaked images suggest. Alleged leaked photos of the next-generation AirPods Pro obtained by MacRumors showed a charging case with a metal loop on the side for attaching a strap. Apple has not used this design for any of its other AirPod models and it is unclear why it would be added in this...
netflix2

Netflix Again Raises Prices for All Plans, 4K Streaming Now $20 Per Month

Friday January 14, 2022 12:46 pm PST by
Netflix today updated the prices for its streaming plans, and all of its offerings are now more expensive. The Basic plan is now priced at $9.99 per month, the Standard plan is priced at $15.49 per month, and the Premium plan is priced at $19.99 per month. The Basic plan is $1 more expensive, up from $8.99 per month. This plan allows users to watch on just one screen at a time, and it limits ...
tesla carplay solution

Developer Showcases Apple CarPlay Workaround for Teslas

Monday January 17, 2022 7:24 am PST by
A Tesla Model 3 owner has resorted to a workaround to implement Apple CarPlay in his vehicle, amid no sign of official support from Tesla (via Tesla North). Apple CarPlay and Apple Music support are among the most-requested Tesla features, but with no indication that Tesla is willing to implement Apple CarPlay in its vehicles, Polish developer Michał Gapiński took matters into his own...
top stories 20220115

Top Stories: iPhone 14 Pro Rumors, iCloud Private Relay Controversy, iOS 15.2.1 Released, and More

Saturday January 15, 2022 6:00 am PST by
Hole-punch? Pill? Hole-punch and pill? Rumors about what the front camera system on the iPhone 14 Pro will look like are evolving rapidly, and it now appears we might be getting a novel but potentially controversial design later this year. Other major stories this week included some confusion and controversy about iCloud Private Relay being disabled for some T-Mobile customers, increasing...