Apple is apparently expecting to see sales numbers for the upcoming “iPhone 11” that will be approximately the same numbers as the 2018 iPhone lineup. Apple is reportedly expecting demand to remain steady, despite the overall drop in smartphone sales.
Bloomberg reports Apple’s iPhone supply chain in Asia is planning for the same 75 million sales numbers for the new iPhone as those experienced for the 2018 iPhone XR, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max.
Bloomberg says Asian suppliers are planning for 75 million devices and have the capacity to produce as many as 80 million if needed.
That 75 million number would include only the launch period for the handset, including the months of September, October, and a portion of November. Apple estimates initial order quantities for new devices, and then adjusts them as demand requires.
Foxconn is reported to be increasing its Shenzen workforce, and is also said to be paying its employees approximately 10% more this year to assure they’ll have enough manpower available to assemble the iPhone 11 devices.
Foxconn’s move flies in the face of Foxconn’s founder urging Apple to move iPhone production away from China, due to rising labor costs and the ongoing U.S./China trade wars.