Camera shipments hint at 9 million iPhone 4s per quarter
Asia Optical may have given away Apple's iPhone 4 production plans with statements about its own. The lens maker's chairman Robert Lai said his company is supplying about three million of the phone's front-facing VGA cameras every month since it began manufacturing in May. While production may change, the estimate would give Apple at least nine million iPhone 4s shipped in its first quarter on the market.
The figure suggests Apple expects a significant boost to iPhone sales compared to last year, when it shipped 7.4 million of the devices in its complete summer quarter. It would come even as Apple is scaling back its plans for international launches and has moved the launch dates for some usual launch countries, such as Canada, back a month to manage demand.
Apple doesn't comment on its production plans in advance and is unlikely to detail its early numbers until after launch. Its first full fiscal quarter of iPhone 4 sales ends in September.