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Order for 4 million new iPhones placed?

updated 11:05 am EDT, Mon April 13, 2009

4 million iPhones ordered?

Apple has ordered the production of four million next-generation iPhones, claims the Chinese-language newspaper the Commercial Times. Delivery is expected by the end of the current quarter, ending in June, which could presage shipment to stores in late June or early July. A formal unveiling of new phones is anticipated at this year's WWDC event in San Francisco, scheduled to start June 8th.

The CT report also suggests that as many as three models of iPhone may be a part of the order. The flagship is said to be a 3G device with all of Apple's latest component evolutions; joining it however is thought to be an EDGE-only model, intended as a discount option. The third phone is meant explicitly for China, which may suggest an absent Wi-Fi module and/or support for the country's TD-SCDMA broadband standard instead of the global WCDMA.

The article differs with sources cited by the Kaufman Bros. research group, which suggest that 3.7 million iPhones could ship in the June quarter as part of an overall initial build of 5 to 6 million. Kaufman also proposes that only two new iPhone models are coming, though a Chinese variant could be considered too distant or too removed to be mentioned in current betas of the iPhone 3.0 firmware.

by MacNN Staff




  1. Paul Huang

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Be sure to flip and look

    As soon as you are seated in Moscone West, look under the seat, there might be an iPhone waiting for you.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    because so many of the participants have been holding out for an iPhone until the 3rd gen model.

    And companies just love giving away $600 electronic devices to people for the heck of it...

  1. Paul Huang

    Joined: Dec 1969



    The $2,500 operating cost for the two-year contract period makes this thing a 'gift that keeps on giving' (to Apple, not the user.

    I suppose your final comment alone puts you in the company of schmucks who are oblivious of the total cost of ownership for two years.

  1. macbones

    Joined: Dec 1969


    blind what?

    hmm. My iPhone runs me about $20- more/ month than my previous contract for a POS phone. I don't feel blindsided at all to pay an extra$500 for the iPhone over the course of my contract.

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