Apple wants to sell 25 million new thinner, lighter iPhones by the end of 2011

By on July 7, 2011, 10:00 AM

The new iPhone will be similar to the current iPhone 4, but thinner and lighter with an improved 8MP camera, and will be powered by Qualcomm's wireless chips. Furthermore, Cupertino has supposedly set itself a ridiculous high goal when it comes to sales of the iPhone 4's successor.

"Apple's sales estimates of the new iPhone are quite aggressive," a person at one of Apple's suppliers told The Wall Street Journal. "It told us to prepare to help the company meet its goal of 25 million units by the end of the year. The initial production volume will be a few million units."

To see how huge a goal that is, here is some perspective. At the iPad 2 event in March 2010, Apple announced that it had sold 100 million iPhones worldwide since launching the first iPhone in June 2007. If the new iPhone launches in September 2011, as most are expecting, Apple will have just under four months to sell what it has every year, on average.

Earlier this month, we learned that Apple had ordered an estimated 15 million iPhone 5 units (or iPhone 4S units, depending on who you ask) from Taiwan-based notebook maker Pegatron Technology. Rumors have previously said Apple's iPhone 5 will be an 8MP camera manufactured by Sony featuring dual-LED flash. Higher-resolution pictures and video will be better viewed on the device's rumored larger screen but thinner bezel.

Apple has been giving some developers access to a device known as the iPhone 4S — an iPhone 4 with upgraded internals. Some argue that's not the next iPhone, claiming the device will reportedly have a radical new case design.

The iPhone 5 was largely expected to arrive last month, given the iPhone's history, but was delayed. The first iPhone was released on June 29, 2007. The iPhone 3G was introduced on June 9, 2008. The iPhone 3GS was announced on June 8, 2009 and arrived on June 19, 2009 in the first countries. The iPhone 4 was announced on June 7, 2010 and released on June 24, 2010.




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Guest said:

Apple = marketing firm....

Guest said:

The iPhone 5 is old news.

I heard from a reliable source that the iPhone 6 would be a "software only" brain implant installed by telekinesis from the App Store. However they are still "working out" some glitches and to increase attenuation for adequate reception and one must stick their finger you-know-where.

Guest said:

Correction. Apple = extremely successful computer design and marketing firm that makes cheapskate Trolls jealous....

Guest said:

"Correction. Apple = extremely successful computer design and marketing firm that makes cheapskate Trolls jealous...." Think you mean " Correction. Apple = extremely successful computer design and marketing firm that makes cheap as **** **** stupidly expensive where a Windows alternative is much cheaper and a better option :)"

Guest said:

i used to love apple butt nowadays i hate them every year we all have to buy some new iphone or ipad with limited extra then the product before: iphone 3g --> iphone 3gs

i boycot apple :D

Guest said:

"every year we all have to buy some new iphone or ipad with limited extra then the product before: iphone 3g --> iphone 3gs "

Did your brain suffer a temporary power outage? ALL technology companies release upgraded products every year and most of them MULTIPLE times a year. Do you think you "have to" buy them all. Apple's yearly refresh cycle is rather unremarkable actually and they tend to support older devices at least as long as other tech companies and typically longer.

Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

It is true, I've had my iPhone 3GS since launch day and it still receives software updates and it's even been announced that iOS 5 will run on it as well! I think thats quite remarkable since all other phones I've owned "nokia N85" "motorola razor" "Sony ericcson 550" none of these got decent software updates and in Sonys case, actually broke the phone.

ramonsterns said:

Guest said:

"every year we all have to buy some new iphone or ipad with limited extra then the product before: iphone 3g --> iphone 3gs "

Did your brain suffer a temporary power outage? ALL technology companies release upgraded products every year and most of them MULTIPLE times a year. Do you think you "have to" buy them all. Apple's yearly refresh cycle is rather unremarkable actually and they tend to support older devices at least as long as other tech companies and typically longer.

No, companies release different kinds of phones for different budgets. Apple releases the same overpriced piece of shit with a new coat of paint and tout it as the next big thing because Jesus and Allah own one.

Guest said:

(yawn) "No, companies release different kinds of phones for different budgets." that are obsolete a month after they're released. You get to buy a dozen 20% cheaper hemroid phones a year. How prophetic ;)

Guest said:

I'd say you have to buy them yeah, the latest iOS software has completely crippled my old iPhone 3g. And you can't roll it back either.. awesome apple thanks for that.

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