Apple has ordered as many as 78 million units of its forthcoming iPhone 7, flying in the face of forecasts that its new device would not be as in-demand as previous models.
Reports from Taiwan suggest Apple has asked suppliers to make between 72 and 78 million new iPhones. Apple scaled back production of its current iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus after it was revealed that sales had dipped in the first three months of 2016.
Apple's order is far higher than the 65 million that analysts had predicted the tech giant would make this year and has fuelled suggestions that Apple believes the iPhone 7 can surpass last year’s early-stage sales record.
Apple sold 13 million models in one weekend, largely thanks to launching in China at the same time as the US and Europe.
Apple is said to be planning to offer a dual lens camera with its iPhone 7 Plus, as well as its Smart Connector tech.
The iPhone 7 will apparently come with an improved single lens camera and modified design.
Suppliers had been concerned about Apple’s plans for a minor update for this year's iPhone, largely based on a series of rumours which have suggested the company is planning a bigger overhaul of its handset in 2017.
That phone is thought to feature an edge–to–edge OLED screen, as well as a glass design similar to the iPhone 4.
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