Apple increases iPhone 5 orders for second half of year

DigiTimes reports total iPhone units bumped up to 56 million from 50 million

Apple apparently is expecting big things from the iPhone 5 in the fourth quarter.

The company has increased orders for its upcoming smartphone to 20 million units from 14 million units in the fourth quarter, according to DigiTimes.

(Also see: Big surprises coming in iPhone 5?)

It also lowered iPhone 5 orders for the third quarter to 5.5 to 5.6 million units from 7 million units, which makes you wonder how certain the company is of a launch date.

In total, Apple's 2011 second half orders for the iPhone 5 were increased to 25.5 to 26 million units from 21 million units.

Altogether, Apple increased total orders for its smartphone -- including the iPhone 3GS, 4, 4 CDMA and 5 -- to 56 million units from 50 million units for the latter half of this year.

Apple has upward adjusted the total order volume for iPhones, consisting of iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4 CDMA and iPhone 5, for the second half of 2011 by 12-13%, from 50 million units originally estimated at the end of the second quarter of 2011 to more than 56 million units. iPhone 5 will account for 25.5-26 million units, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers.

But the non-iPhone 5 orders are front-loaded, with 20 million on order for Q3 but only 8 million in the fourth quarter. Makes sense.

DigiTimes says sources ballpark total iPhone shipments for the year at 95 million units.

The numbers could have been higher had Apple been able to release the iPhone 5 earlier in the year. The company traditionally has unveiled its latest smartphone update in June or July, but the release date for the iPhone 5 remains somewhat of a mystery. Many observers think it will come out sometime in September.

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