56 Million iPhone Orders Made for 2H11 – Half to be iPhone 5

Apple is believed to have increased its order of 50 million iPhones for the second half of 2011 up to 56 million. Digitimes reports that about half of these orders are for the new iPhone 5 model which could launch next month. The other half are expected to be a mixture of the iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS.

As well as adding more orders for the iPhone 5 for last half of this year, Apple has also shifted some numbers around and lowered the amount expected from 7 million to 5.5/6 million although the company is believed to have increased the 14 million for Q4 up to 20 million units as demand is expected to increase through October, November and December.

The iPhone 5 release date hasn’t been announced yet, but we expect it to arrive in either September or very early October at the latest. We expect to see a dual-core A5 processor in the iPhone 5 (same as the iPad 2 CPU). We also expect the camera to increase from 5 megapixels up to 8 megapixels and have the ability to function better in low-light. Design changes are expected including a slightly larger screen moving from 3.5 inches to 4 inches.

The iPhone 3GS is expected to be killed off when the iPhone 5 launches as Apple tends to sell the current and previous generations of the device at any time. However, extra orders for the 3GS hint that this might not happen this time around, or at least for a few months.


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