According to Chinese and Taiwanese media sources, Apple again is contracting with Catcher Technology to supply metal casings for the company's future smartphones, including the rumored iPhone 6. First noticed by GforGames, these reports were published this week in the Taipei Times and The China Post.

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Most notably, Catcher is predicted to supply Apple with 10.5 million iPhone 6 casings and 20 million casings for other iPhone models in 2014. These figures are thought to represent 15 percent of the total casings needed for the iPhone 6, suggesting Apple could ship as many as 70 million iPhone 6 units by the end of the year.

Barclays Capital made a similar prediction, noting that Catcher is expected to boost its production between 20 and 40 percent to meet demand for the iPhone 6 in the midst of tight supply. Apple is one of Catcher's larger clients, contributing approximately 40 percent to the supplier's revenue.

Barclays said it expects Apple’s next-generation smartphone to be launched in the second half of the year and that shipments of the new model will be 35 to 40 percent higher than the previous one.

Catcher is likely to receive between 10 and 20 percent of the casing orders for the new iPhone, which should help lift its earnings in the second half of the year, Barclays said in a report.

Recent analysis suggests interest in a large-screen iPhone 6 is high in both North America and China, where demand for the iPhone 5s is waning and interest in the iPhone 6 is on the rise. The iPhone 6 is expected to debut this fall with a 4.7-inch display, Apple's A8 processor, an improved Touch ID fingerprint sensor and iOS 8.

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kdarling Avatar
109 months ago
A phone is for the pocket, and I can't fit an iPad in my pocket.
Then it's a good thing that larger phones are nowhere near the size of an iPad, and that even the larger phablets fit in most people's pockets.



Folks, it's perfectly okay to say that you want a small phone. There's no need to add poor comparisons or incorrect claims, to justify it.
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bsolar Avatar
109 months ago
Maybe some people do, but I would honestly prefer going back to iPhone 4/4s/3G/3GS/original screen size. I know many others, who also prefer the smaller more compact screen size. A phone is for the pocket, and I can't fit an iPad in my pocket.

A 4.7" model with reduced bezels would be only slightly larger than the current 4" screen iPhone. That's the model I'll most likely get if it actually matches the rumors.
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casperes1996 Avatar
109 months ago
Maybe for some people

I'm pretty sure demand for a large-screen iPhone 6 is all around the world.

Maybe some people do, but I would honestly prefer going back to iPhone 4/4s/3G/3GS/original screen size. I know many others, who also prefer the smaller more compact screen size. A phone is for the pocket, and I can't fit an iPad in my pocket.
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Arndroid Avatar
109 months ago
70 million iPhone 6s, 2 million s5s.
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ghost of jobs Avatar
109 months ago
Shut up and... Heck.. you know the rest....
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Lionel Messi Avatar
109 months ago
Recent analysis suggests interest in a large-screen iPhone 6 is high in both North America (https://www.macrumors.com/2014/04/10/strong-interest-larger-iphone6/) and China (https://www.macrumors.com/2014/04/04/china-iphone-6/), where demand for the iPhone 5s is waning and interest in the iPhone 6 is on the rise.

I'm pretty sure demand for a large-screen iPhone 6 is all around the world.
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