Apple Inc. is ramping up production of the next iPhones, targeting upgrades to larger-screen models with modest hardware changes.
It’s asking suppliers for up to 90 million units of new smartphones with the same screen size as the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus by December.
Last year, Apple ordered a then-record initial production of 70 million to 80 million for its iPhones with 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch displays.
Apple sold 135.6 million iPhones in the first half of its fiscal year ending September, up 43 percent the same period a year earlier.
The changes in the iPhone models expected to be released later this year will be less noticeable than last year’s, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The phones are expected to feature Apple’s Force Touch technology that can distinguish between a light tap and deep press, allowing users to control a device differently depending on how hard they push on the screen, according to people familiar with the matter.
Apple has added this feature to the Apple Watch and MacBook laptop computer.
In addition to keeping the display size unchanged, Apple is expected to keep the screen resolution about the same, according to people familiar with the matter.
It may offer a fourth color for the aluminum casing of the iPhone, in addition to silver, gold and space gray, these people said.
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