Apple to order record number of new iPhone 6s handsets

Apple to produce record number of new iPhones in initial production run.

According to the The Wall Street Journal, Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) is planning for its largest iPhone launch to date this fall when it unveils the next generation iPhone. The company is reportedly planning to order between 85 and 90 million iPhone 6s and 6s Plus (unofficial names so far) units from its manufacturers, compared to an initial production run of 70 to 80 million for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models last fall.

Long time manufacturing partners Foxconn and Pegatron will fill the majority of the order. A third manufacturer, Taiwan-based Wistron, may join in, depending on whether it can meet Apple's manufacturing demands.

With the expected fall debut quickly approaching, rumors about the new iPhones have been popping up on a nearly daily basis. Some of the more likely ones that have come from a variety of sources include:

  • Force Touch - This technology allows the touch screen to sense the amount of pressure behind a tap, allowing for different functionality depending on how hard you press the screen. Both the Apple Watch and MacBook feature Force Touch.
  • Camera - While a rumor has persisted for some time that the new iPhone will have a dual lens camera, this doesn't appear to be the case. The camera will likely have a 12-megapixel sensor with 4K video recording and 240fps slow-motion capability. In addition, the front camera will probably upgrade to 5 megapixels from 1.2.
  • RAM - The next generation iPhone will likely double its RAM to 2GB, which will give it a nice performance boost.
  • Design - The dimensions and form factor should remain relatively the same, the handsets may be a bit thinner. Recent rumors suggest the handsets will be available in a rose-gold color.
Sticking to Apple's typical schedule, the new iPhone is expected to launch sometime in late September.