Some time ago we reported the news that Apple had chosen new suppliers for the components used in the next iPhone model, and that the Cupertino company would have faced a massive production to meet a huge demand. Today, new and interesting details emerged dictated by the Digitimes analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo.
According to sources inside the Taiwanese offices of Foxconn and very close to Kuo, in fact, it would seem that Apple has plans to distribute the huge amount of 24 million units for the launch of the iPhone 4G, of which 4.5 million in the first half of the year and 19.5 million for the rest of 2010.
To understand the extent of these numbers it must be considered that the iPhone should be officially announced on June 7, at the annual Worldwide Developers Conference, to sell 4.5 million phones there would be available, at best, only twenty days, like saying almost 190 thousand a day. The iPhone 3GS was sold in one million pieces in the first quarter, but during the second half of 2009 the iPhones marketed were around 16 million; if Digitimes' rumors were correct, the number of iPhones that Apple plans to distribute could be around 20 million. While assuming that not all those produced by Foxconn will be sold in 2010, the increase over last year would be huge.
The information, however, is not finished: the Digitimes analyst focuses on a new screen that will use not only iPad's in-plane switching (IPS) technology, but also fring-field switching (FFS): the combination of these two innovations allows for better screen brightness, greater readability from different angles and, above all, in sunlight. iPhones will adopt them for the first time even though other competing mobile devices are already available. The screen resolution would be fixed at 960 × 640, against the 854 × 480 of any Android smartphone. Important rumors at hardware level also concern the 512MB RAM of the device (unlike the 256MB RAM present in the Vietnamese prototype), and the processor, an Arm Cortex A8; remember that iPad also uses a Cortex A8 processor, probably a variant of Samsung's Hummingbird.
All these hardware innovations would inexorably lead to a drastic increase in consumption, balanced by a larger battery than also thanks to a 33% thinner display panel than that of the iPhone 3GS. Recall that in the model vivisected by Gizmodo the battery was almost 20% larger.