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Apple to Order 72M+ iPhone 7 Handsets

Apple to Order 72M+ iPhone 7 Handsets
Apple appears to be counting on healthy iPhone 7 sales, as it has asked suppliers to get ready to ramp up production.

(CCM) — According to new reports, Apple has told its suppliers that it will need between 72 million and 78 million new iPhones by the end of 2016. This figure was reported by Taiwanese newspaper Economic Daily on Monday. If this figure is accurate, it is much higher than Wall Street analysts' predictions for the new iPhone, who had expected Apple to order only 65 million new iPhones this year. The newly leaked figure also marks a significant jump in iPhone production over the past two years. Apple's shares rose following this report — up 1.7 percent to $96.83 at the time of publication.

Last year's iPhone 6s and 6s Plus marked Apple's first drop in iPhone sales, but the iPhone 7 promises to make up for the misfire. Rumors on the upcoming smartphone have been buzzing with reports claiming that the new iPhone could pack features like quad speakers, a glass casing, a flush rear camera, a bigger battery, a waterproof design, and an A10 processor. Other reports say the new iPhone will feature wireless charging capabilities, and that the Plus variant will sport an advanced dual-camera system. Leaked images of cases for the upcoming smartphone seem to validate earlier claims that the iPhone 7 would drop the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack from its design. Apple has not confirmed any of these features at this time, nor has it commented on the leaked iPhone case images. The company is expected to unveil the new iPhone at a dedicated event in September.

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