Apple's contract manufacturer building the next iPhone plans to ship 24 million units by the end of this year, according to a new report.
The report from Digitimes on Monday said Taiwan-based Foxconn will ship 4.5 million next-gen iPhones by the end of June, and 19.5 million by the end of 2010.
Apple sells a lot of phones, but 24 million is a big number even for them. For comparison, Apple has sold a little over 50 million total since the original iPhone's debut in 2007. So how to explain the supposed sudden surge in iPhone supply? Digitimes could be wrong of course, though it does have some good sources in the contract manufacturing world.
Other possible explanations could be that Apple is planning big price cuts on this model, which could move more units. Or, and this would jibe with reports that the company's building a CDMA phone, it could be planning to add more carrier partners. More outlets to sell the phone would mean more supply.
Digitimes, an IT trade publication, had some other details too: The next iPhone will have an ARM Cortex A8 processor and 512MB of memory, which is double what's currently available on the iPhone 3GS.
The next iPhone will have an in-plane switching (IPS) panel like the iPad, according to Digitimes, and a 960x640 resolution. There will also be new technology that allows a wider viewing angle and better viewing in sunlight, according to the report. Apparently, Apple wants to improve the iPhone's utility as an e-reader and will be promoting iBooks on the iPhone. The panel is also reportedly 33 percent thinner to make more room for a larger battery.
The new iPhone is expected to be introduced June 7 at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco. What is believed to be a prototype version of the device made headlines when it was found in a bar and sold to Gizmodo for $5,000 last month before Apple asked for it back.