80 Million iPhone 6 will be in Stores for the Holiday Season

It seems that Apple is preparing for its greatest iPhone launch. The electronics company has asked its suppliers to make everything possible so as to have 80 million iPhone 6 in stores by the holiday season.

Although many have said that the 5.5 inch model will not hit the market this year, Apple has issued orders for both iPhone 6 models: the 4.7 inch version and the 5.5 inch model. This shows the confidence that Apple has in its new products. When Apple launched its iPhone 5 S and 5 C in 2013, only 50 million units were released in stores. Probably, Apple wants to avoid the supply problems it encountered with the iPhone 5S. Apple has gone even further with its preventive actions. Thus, in order to make sure that the 80 million units will be finished on time, it has asked components for about 120 million units.

Foxconn and Pegatron, two very well-known Apple suppliers, are preparing for the massive production of iPhones by employing new staff, especially in the assembly departments. The production of the 4.7 inch version will start in July, while 5.5 inch model will enter the production process in August or early September. Pegatron and Foxconn will be producing the smaller iPhone 6 model. Hon Hai will be the exclusive manufacturer of the iPhone 6, the 5.5 inch version. Probably the smaller version will be launched sooner, but nobody has exact information about Apple’s plans.

Most analysts and experts in the domain are sure that the 5.5 inch version of the iPhone 6 will be launched towards the end of 2014, because they forecast a series of production problems, since the model is quite complicated. The in-cell display technology employed in the manufacturing of this phone requires for the touch sensors to actually be part of the display. In the case of other smart phones an extra layer of such sensors is added. The process will be even more complicated if Apple insists into using the expensive sapphire glass.

The news has come out just in time, since Apple is making preparations to present its report on the earnings obtained during the third quarter of 2014. For a long time now, the iPhone has had an important contribution to Apple incomes, generating more than half of its total revenues. According to Wall Street Journal approximately thirty-six million iPhones were sold during the third quarter, representing a 15 per cent increase when compared with last year’s figures for the same period.

Fifty-one million units were sold during the last holiday season, marking a peak in to the iPhone selling history. If Apple’s estimates are correct, then this record will definitely be surpassed this year.

China considers Apple iPhone 6 a Threat for Its National Security

The Chinese mass-media labeled Apple iPhone 6 as being a threat for the state’s national security due to the fact that the smart phones have the capacity to track as well as to time stamp the locations of iPhone owners and users.

A CCTV report made a harsh critic of the “Frequent Locations”, one of iPhone’s functions”, because it could track down the users and obtain various pieces of information about them. The researcher interviewed by the television channel said that the issue was extremely sensitive. He added that if the data had been accessed, it could give information about the economy situation of a country as well as national secrets.  Apple has not given yet any response to these accusations.

The electronic giant is not being gunned-fired for the first time in China. The country’s state mass-media has already accused the company for providing the US with information about the Chinese users and has asked for severe punishment. Other critics referred to the customers’ services, which in the opinion of the Chinese media are very poor and unfriendly with the user. Apple is not the only US business which has been severely criticized by the Chinese media.

Thus, the Google services have a lot to suffer for an entire month in China, when the government decided not to allow government computers to function on the Windows 8 operating system produced by Microsoft.

Cisco Systems and IBM Corporation are some other US based companies that have suffered because of the Chines “Snowden Effect”. The term is used by economic analysts to point out the effects determined by the confessions of the ex US National Security Agent, Edward Snowden. He claimed that the US were involved in various spying activities in China.