With a device as popular as an iPhone, the numbers involved start to boggle the mind. In order to keep up with demand, Apple will have to produce 59 million iPhone 5s before the year is out, according to J. P. Morgan analyst Mark Moskowitz.
What’s more, the report from J. P. Morgan suggests Apple’s manufacturing chain has the bandwidth to handle this. In spite of reportedly featuring an entirely new design – sure to bring its own challenges – the report found no “major limitation” that might trip-up the Apple machine. The iPhone 5 is to be assembled (and is probably being assembled right now) in Foxconn factories in China.
The iPhone 5 is expected to launch on September 12, with 20 million units primed for action in Q3, followed by an addition 39 million in Q4 according to the report.
Moskowitz also re-iterated several of the long-standing expected features of the new iPhone – that its display will eat into the black bezel of the current design and that its body will be a mite thinner. However, he does not believe the iPad mini will launch alongside the iPhone 5, but rather will land some time next year.