Sixteen million iPhones in five months, 40 million in a year. Here are the amazing figures that spring, taking some simple account, from an indiscretion leaked during the day today on the iPhone production volumes. Techcrunch, a site that deals with technology, claims to have released the data, claiming to have obtained them from a reliable source and aware of what is happening in the factories that work to assemble the Apple mobile phone.
Based on these rumors, Foxconn would have increased the output of the production lines in a way defined as "exceptional" bringing the volumes to 800 thousand pieces per week. The huge figure if you think that corresponds to 3.2 million phones per month, about 41 million per year, in practice just under 4% of the production of phones in the world. The exceptional nature of this figure made it even more extraordinary if we consider that 4% in relation to all phones. The smartphone market alone in the last quarter of 2007 had totaled 35 million pieces, as if to say that Apple, with some approximations, could multiply the figures of last year by four and conquer more or less 20% of the smartphone market. An amazing result considering that it would be achieved with just one phone model.
If the estimated production volume for Foxconn were to be confirmed for the next few months, Apple would beat, and by far, the estimate of 10 million iPhones sold during 2008.
In reality it is likely that the current production rate is temporary and aimed at satisfying the markets where iPhone is already present, where the phone is certainly not present in the channels with abundance, and to meet the warehouse needs of the 20 countries where it will be launched on August 22 . Among them there could be markets with a large population, such as Brazil, Egypt and Argentina, and advanced markets that could absorb a large amount of iPhones, such as Greece and the remaining European countries where the phone is still not present.
On the other hand, Techcrunch himself stresses that the production lines are currently running at a faster rate than that for which they were designed and although theoretically they could be adequate to keep the pace, production is likely to drop.