The next Apple iPhone expected to bask in huge demand, component production to begin soon?

The next Apple iPhone expected to bask in huge demand, component production to begin soon?
Half a year ago, Apple showed us both the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus for the first time; roughly half a year from now, we expect the next iPhone generation to get unraveled. 

It's never too early to talk about "the next iPhone" - we've already heard a surplus of speculations through the grapevine, some of which regard the hardware, while others the possible new features of the smartphone. 

Many sources however seem to agree that just like the current crop of record-breaking iPhones, 2015's rendition of Cupertino handset(s) will most certainly bask in the same market popularity, if not more. 

This is reportedly making Apple and its contractors in particular go the "better-safe-than-sorry" way - it's said that the latter are about to undertake mass production of the hardware components for the device starting sometime in Q2 2015, so that they could meet the forecasted huge demand and prevent inventory shortages beforehand.

As a refresher, the next iPhone is expected to feature 2GB of RAM, improved Touch ID-enabled home button to better suit Apple Pay, as well as a display that is able to distinguish between lighter and harder taps.


source: UDN (translated), CTimes via GForGames

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36 Comments

1. Scott93274

Posts: 6025; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I mean no disrespect, but those features hardly seem like system sellers to me. I'm still predicting a massive decline in demand for the iPhone 6S.

7. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Lol! I heard that since 2007. iPhone has never had a decline homeboy!

10. maherk

Posts: 6640; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

They never give you a breakdown for how many each model sold. Like what they did last quarter, 75million iPhones sold, but we didn't know how much the 6/6+ sold, or the 5s and 5c. No one is saying Apple won't sell more iPhones when the 6s is released, but i doubt that the 6s will outsell the 6.

13. Scott93274

Posts: 6025; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

So then you are insinuating that they will forever and for always sell more each year until the end of days? There's plenty of reasoning that would support my theory.

14. bucky

Posts: 3771; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

I'm actually waiting for that very decline. I would like someone to threaten apple a bit so they can really do a nice upgrade.

17. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Not going to happen for a long time since the vast majority of Apple's sales come from the US where subsidies usually negate having to think about value to price ratio. Free market balancing requires people to "think" at margin and be informed, which is not a good description of the market Apple targets. They really are masters of positioning and marketing.

24. Scott93274

Posts: 6025; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

"the vast majority of Apple's sales come from the US where subsidies usually negate having to think about value to price ratio"... these subsidies are the results of contracts the consumer has with the wireless service provider, I'm no expert, but I believe that in general these contracts last TWO years. Now, taking what you said about people relying on subsidies, and the massive sales of this year's iPhone, I think that logic would lead someone to think that the majority of those iPhone 6 & 6 plus owners (Who are still under contract) will opt to skip paying full price for a device that doesn't really impact the overall user experience like a significantly larger display.

27. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

You would think that everyone upgraded but a lot of them will not have done so due to those 2 year contracts. The S upgraders usually stick to the S upgrade and those are fairly sizable in number. Not only that but a good deal of iPhone owners are probably still using the older models. Finally, the iPhone is the gateway to smartphones since it is a step up from a dumb phone while Droid and WP still have the image of being actual smartphones. So new users usually gravitate towards the iPhone at the start.

30. Scott93274

Posts: 6025; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Well, all are valid arguments, but I'm going to stick by my statement in hopes that come September I can say "I told you so" to Mxyzptlk. lol

28. tedkord

Posts: 17047; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

This. Sometimes companies need a good kick in the pants. Look at what Samsung was able to achieve after the S4 and S5 failed to impress. Companies get too cocky. And recent interviews with Jonny Ive show just how cocky they can get.

37. androtaku

Posts: 246; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

its normal for successful company to act cocky its abnormal to see less successful company to act more cocky than the more successful one

22. dirtydirty00

Posts: 427; Member since: Jan 21, 2011

no,i agree with him. i dont like apple, let me say that outright. but the reason being is that there obv would be more demand for a new model (i.e. the 5,6,7...) due to the new design. The 6 was in such demand because the new body style and looks. The 6s (assuming to have the same body style) will not make as many 6 owners drop their phone to upgrade. im sure many 5s owners dropped their year old phone to go run and grab the 6 due to the new body.

23. darkkjedii

Posts: 30686; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Droiders say that every year, and every year it out sells the last.

18. MrHate

Posts: 313; Member since: Feb 09, 2015

I also think they won't be able to hold the sales they had with the 6/6+ because the jump from 5s to 6 was huge for a lot of people. And since many have a 2 year contract they won't buy the 6s. But you never know. It's Apple. But I really don't hope that the sales decline..I couldn't stand all these stupid comments here that would people make.

25. Scott93274

Posts: 6025; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

You know.... you really are not holding up to your name on here... lol

31. Coconut00

Posts: 485; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

If they decline they will decline on the 7, not the 6s. People who bought the 5s on a 2 year contract might want the 6s/6s Plus because of screen size EDIT: didn't read the other comments

34. Nathillien unregistered

Yes - The bigger form factor card is spent and that was the strongest card they had. They had millions of customers dying for a bigger screen and when that happened they all rushed to buy it. Now they have one and the big shift is done. So, there will be a big decline in iPhone sales with the 6S. Pair that with the Apple Watch flop and Apple will have a year to remember.

36. Scott93274

Posts: 6025; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I don't know nearly enough about the smart watch market to make a confident prediction on it. I'm just skeptical about the 15 million sales predictions that people are talking about.

2. yonith

Posts: 219; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

Thanks for the info Pete! *rolls eyes*

5. PeterK.

Posts: 314; Member since: Nov 13, 2013

You're most welcome! *buys you a beer with the hope of reconciliation*

3. NexusX

Posts: 612; Member since: May 16, 2013

i'm not surprised if android users are switching back to apple because the force-touch display seems like a big step forward for mobile ui. the ability to sense pressure in the display enable many possibilities for app/game developers. if apple is really serious about the healthkit integration with their mobile devices i think their products would appeal to aging population even more so the curved display is pretty gimmicky

8. Macready

Posts: 1793; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

A harder push just means more likely to drop due to imbalance, especially with one handed use (unlike a watch on your wrist or trackpad on your computer). For the UI, it's hardly different from a slightly longer push, as often a hard push will result in a slightly longer push in practise too. For games, one extra function (nothing/soft tap/hard tap vs nothing/tap) to the same button, is hardly what I would call a dealbreaker too. Not to be confused with fully variable pressure sensitivity (as seen with the stylus on Note series for example), where it would allow for a lot more functions in apps and specifically games (think variable throttle for example).

29. NexusX

Posts: 612; Member since: May 16, 2013

i'm no tech guru so i can't think of every application for force touch. one thing that comes to mind is the existing music apps (garageband, drum pads, etc) there is also another way the new apple devices to take advantage of the pressure sensitive display it is the STYLUS. believe it or not, new apple products will have a support for stylus including the rumored 12 inch ipads. samsung fanboys would argue samsung did it first. but in the end it's all about implementation. samsung's got nothing going for it except a notepad. apple has a unrivaled ecosystem with fully baked professional applications for video/illustration/photo editing. since they've always been the choice of computers for hipsters/artists/musicians, i think they'd push their desktop applications to mobile with the force-touch. ms office might be dominating enterprise softwares, but apple is probably aiming for the creative industry

9. RebelwithoutaClue

Posts: 5473; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

Force touch is hardly a game changer. And I seriously doubt Android users will flock to Apple devices because of this. Also why do you mention the curved display? It has absolutely nothing to do with the topic.

19. DnB925Art

Posts: 1167; Member since: May 23, 2013

Oh yeah? My Note 4 (and my Note 1 and 2) also do this. 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity on the Note 4!

4. tiara6918

Posts: 2262; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

This doesn't shock me at all. Even I as a long time apple hater and android user want the iphone 6 and 6plus. I expect apple to sell even more units this year

6. maherk

Posts: 6640; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

No it won't. Apple needed to break the 4" is perfect rule to have a good reason for people to get the new iPhone 6. The only phone that will sell better than the iPhone 6 is the one that will come equipped with a 5 inch screen.

35. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

You have to keep in mind that every year, there are new people looking to buy smartphones for whatever reasons i.e. some are still stuck on 2 year contracts that have yet to upgrade. If the iPhone 6S is any good, Apple is up for a repeat. And then next year with the iPhone 7, all the millions of people with the iPhone 6 will have the opportunity to upgrade again, along with any Android users switching to iOS. If they don't surpass sales with the iPhone 6S, they will with the iphone 7

11. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

What's new?...

12. TBomb

Posts: 1036; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

I dont ssee this seling as good because everyone who would want it already has the 6/6+... and since most people are on 2yr contracts in America, they lose a lot of sales in that region. Thats why they only do minimal upgrades (for lack of a better word) every other year... the die hards will go buy one off contract and the rest will feel like their not missing much except a small implementation until they get a contract renewal.

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