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Apple reportedly orders between 70 and 80 million iPhone 6 units

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Apple is expected to release the iPhone 6 in just a couple of months, and the rumors are now coming thick and fast about their new flagship device. The latest rumor that was published by the Wall Street Journal on July 21 is that Apple has ordered a whopping 70 million units to be manufactured before the iPhone 6 is launched in September.

The sources that reportedly spoke to the WSJ have said that the number of devices ordered might actually reach the 80 million mark when all is said and done, and that the order will be split between both the 4.7-inch version of the device and the 5.5-inch version.

This order marks a pretty steep increase in the initial order quantity that Apple made for the release of the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 5c. When the last generation of the Apple iPhone was being manufactured, Apple ordered 55 million units, so it goes without saying that Apple is expecting larger sales for their largest iPhone to date.

In addition to the larger screen sizes, the new models of the iPhone are expected to be available in many colors, much like the iPhone 5c. While the new report does not indicate which colors have been ordered, the expectation is that there will be the usual black, space grey, and gold, along with hues that are much brighter, and the hope is that the brighter colors will attract new customers to the iPhone fold.

As screen sizes of both Android phones and Windows Phones have increased (with the largest screen sizes reaching 6-inches), Apple has finally decided to break away from their mantra of bigger is not better. The overall feeling is that Apple really did not want to produce the larger screened iPhone’s, but consumer pressure has forced them to change their design philosophy.

It remains to be seen if the larger screen size of the new iPhones will be enough to entice users back who switched to either Android or Windows Phone simply because of the options available to them on those platforms. The iPhone 6 will have many new features including a sapphire glass screen, a much more powerful iSight camera, and a new version of the 64-bit processor that was introduced in the iPhone 5s.

By placing such a large initial order, Apple is obviously confident that the changes that they have made to their smartphone will be enough to entice users back to their family. The iPhone 6 is expected to be announced this September alongside the new iWatch and iOS 8.