Apple has asked its partners to manufacture 90 million iPhone 6S units

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Apple is feeling pretty confident about the next iPhone. You wanna know how I know? The company apparently asked its manufacturing partners to produce 90 million units of what’s expected to be the iPhone 6S, which is a massive number even by Apple’s standards. Considering how the company has been selling at least 60 million smartphones per quarter in recent quarters, 90 million doesn’t seem too far-fetched. 

Apple is expecting to sell up to 90 million of the next iPhone, apparently. People whispering to the Wall Street Journal claim that the Cupertino giant expects to shift 80 to 90 million handsets when the new models go on sale later this year. Accordingly, the biz has told its factories to crank out enough handsets to meet that anticipated demand. Apple did not respond to a request for comment, and we don’t expect one any time soon, given its policy against commenting on rumors. While 90 million units is an eye-popping number, the figure would not be far out of line with Apple’s history of sales. According to Apple’s own figures [PDF], in the first quarter of its fiscal 2015 (September 28 to December, 2014), fanbois snapped up 74.46 million iPhones, and in the second quarter (December 28 to March 28, 2015) 61.17 million iPhones were shipped. Judging by those numbers, a 90 million-unit quarter would not be out of the question for a new iPhone model. Apple has yet to announce any plans for a new iPhone, but execs have shown off the iOS 9 firmware update promising a release for the Fall.

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