With the Android market gaining a lot of attention lately – not only from big players such as HTC, LG, Samsung and Sony, but also from emerging smartphone makers – Apple appears to be under a lot of pressure. The iPhone 5S seems to lose its charm, reason why recently, the handset in question has been massively discounted in the US.
Nevertheless, Apple is still a force to be reckoned with, and the fact that the company now has to deal with more competitors might actually push it into delivering more innovative features, rather than incremental refreshes year after year.
In fact, Apple seems to have great faith in the iPhone 6, and according to the latest reports coming from market analysts, this year the Cupertino giant might plan on shipping a lot more phones than it did with the previous generation. More details after the break.
Apple Expected to Ship 70 Million iPhone 6 Units in 2014
According to the Chinese media, Catcher Technology Co. – a major metal casing supplier for Apple – will continue its fruitful collaboration with the Cupertino giant this year as well. According to Morgan Stanley analyst Grace Chen, Catcher is expected to ship 10.5 million iPhone 6 casings by the end of 2014. This figure supposedly represents an estimated 15% of the total iPhone 6 orders. In turn, this means that Apple intends on shipping roughly 70 million iPhone 6 units in 2014.
More so, analysts from Barclays estimate that Apple’s upcoming iPhone’s shipments will be 35%-to-40% higher than the previous generation. It’s unclear whether Barclays has referred to the iPhone 5S, or both the iPhone 5S and 5C when it came up with the aforementioned rough estimate.
In any case, Apple seems to have a lot of faith in its upcoming iPhone 6, and we’re really looking forward to seeing how the Cupertino-based tech giant intends to catch the attention of gadget enthusiasts around the world. Stay tuned for more.