NEW DELHI: It appears that Apple iPhone 6 orders could have an impact on the prices of other smartphones.
According to reports in the Chinese media (spotted by G For Games), Apple’s record iPhone 6 orders, ranging between 70 to 80 million, could lead to other smartphones getting a price hike.
The predicted 5% to 10% hike in prices has been attributed to a possible drop in production of other smartphones as more facilities and production lines would be engaged in completing iPhone 6 orders on time, leading to reduced production and supply. One of the largest assemblers of iPhone, Foxconn, also makes devices for BlackBerry, Nokia, Sony, Motorola and other OEMs.
If supply of smartphones from other OEMs lags behind the demand, it’s likely that prices will increase. Also, these assemblers may demand higher prices from other OEMs in a scenario when they’ll have an option to focus purely on the iPhone. This may lead to OEMs passing the increased cost to the end-consumer.
According to a report by the Wall Street Journal, Apple has asked suppliers to manufacture between 70 million and 80 million of its two forthcoming large-screen iPhones by the end of the year, its largest initial production run of iPhones. The company’s forecast for the iPhones with 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch displays is much bigger than the initial order that ranged between 50 million and 60 million for iPhone 5S and 5C models, as per WSJ’s sources.
Apple’s next-generation iPhone is expected to arrive in fall (September-October). It has been reported several times in the past that Apple will unveil two iPhones this year, one with a 4.7-inch screen and other with 5.5- or 5.7-inch display.
In February this year, the first set of leaked iPhone images surfaced on the internet. These images showed that the next-generation iPhone will sport a design similar to that of iPad Air and be much thinner than the iPhone 5S.
Other rumoured features of the next-generation iPhone include health-centred apps, 13MP camera, solar charging, scratch-resistant sapphire screen, better battery and faster Wi-Fi.
Source : Times Of India