Before the new iPhones were announced analysts predicted that the expected bump in display sizes is going to drive sales for Apple’s new smartphones. On September 9th Apple unveiled iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, with 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch displays respectively Apple calls these two new models the biggest advancements to iPhone since it first came on to the scene in 2007. The company recently confirmed that record pre-orders were placed for the new iPhones and that level of demand has got Foxconn struggling.
Foxconn is the primary manufacturer for Apple’s new iPhones. There are 100 assembly lines dedicated in the company’s Zhengzhou plant only for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Work does not stop at these assembly lines as they operate around the clock.
A source tells the Wall Street Journal and the facility is churning out 140,000 iPhone 6 Plus and 400,000 iPhone 6 units on a daily basis “but the volume is still not enough to meet the preorders.”
The bulk of the iPhone 6 production is looked after by Foxconn which is also the sole manufacturer of the iPhone 6 Plus. There have already been rumors about the latter’s supply shortages which one source connects to limited supply of the 5.5-inch displays.
Apple’s manufacturers will really be put to the test as the company’s new iPhones are released in additional markets by the end of this market. Apple is aiming to hit most major markets and emerging markets around the world by the end of this year. It would certainly be no easy task to manufacture that many units and get them out on time.