The second half of the year is always great for Apple’s iPhone. And with the launch of iPhone 5 still to come, the second half of this year is shaping up to be a really big one.
If Digitimes reports from iPhone suppliers are to be believed – Apple has recently upped the iPhone order volumes from 50 million to 56 million for the second half of 2011. Most of that increase comes from an estimated demand for iPhone 5, orders for which have increased from the originally estimated 21 million units to 25.5-26 million.
It seems that Apple had to delay the iPhone 5 launch for a bit. Previous Q3 iPhone 5 orders were reduced from 7 million to 5.5-6 million units, while Q4 volumes were upped to 20 million from 14 million before. Still, the delay isn’t that big, and to sell those 6 million units Apple will have to launch iPhone 5 sometime in the third or early fourth week of September.
The orders for the old iPhone (3Gs, 4 and 4 CDMA) in Q3 will exceed 20 million, but for Q4 2011 they have dropped to only 8 million units. Which is the natural product replacement cycle, with iPhone 5 taking the bestselling flagship spot.
For the whole 2011 Apple plans to ship a total of 95 million iPhones.
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