Stockpiles of unsold four-inch iPhone 5C handsets currently hanging around in Apple supply partners’ factories will prove the impetus the company needs to bring a phablet to market, insiders claim.
According to unnamed sources cited by Taiwanese tech-industry site DigiTimes, overstocks of the mid-range iPhone remain a major problem for ODM Pegatron, which has accumulated two million units at its factories.
A further one million Phone 5Cs are purportedly held by carriers and distributors, due to substantially weaker-than-expected demand.
This is despite the fact that Apple completely stopped submitting fresh orders for the handset late last year, after it became apparent it had massively miscalculated.
However, the silver lining for the legion of smartphone fans crying out for an iPhone phablet is that the disappointing sales will apparently prompt the tech giant to “release products with bigger screen sizes to satisfy user demand” in the near future.
The rumour tallies with existing reports that Apple’s next top-end and cheaper iPhones will pack five-inch and 4.5-inch screens respectively.
The phone-maker is also purportedly mulling ditching the badly recieved plastic construction of the iPhone 5C and will make both phones from its usual premium-materials combination of aluminium and glass.
The handsets are expected to debut the next iOS 8 version of Apple’s operating system, complete with an all-new Healthbook app that chimes with the vogue for all things techy and fitness-related.