Apple to ship 25 million next-gen iPhones this year?

Apple plans to ship 25 million next-generation iPhones by the end of this year, according to a new report. Citing people within Apple’s component suppliers, the Wall Street Journal reports that the new iPhone is expected to be thinner and lighter than the iPhone 4, with an eight-megapixel camera, and Qualcomm wireless baseband chips. “Apple’s sales estimates of the new iPhone is quite aggressive. It told us to prepare to help the company meet its goal of 25 million units by the end of the year,” said a person at one of Apple’s suppliers. “The initial production volume will be a few million units… we were told to ship the components to assembler Hon Hai in August.” Two sources cautioned that shipments of the new handset could be delayed if Hon Hai can’t improve its yield rate, as the phone is said to be “complicated and difficult to assemble.”

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