It all started in Taiwan... Hynix Semiconductor and Samsung Electronics have hinted that Apple is piling up 32GB (and above) high density NAND flash chips which some have taken as an indication that Apple might be readying new products and is busy securing the components.
Gartner analyst Ken Dulaney, talking to iPodObserver, reckons that Apple "may" have ordered up to 10 million second generation, 3G-enabled iPhones as Apple readies an Asian launch just in time for the Chinese Olympic games later this year.
New 32GB or 64GB iTouch models could also be on their way along with a refreshed Apple Nano range, to be launched in September, during the back to school period.
Apple was famously quoted saying that they would sell 10 million iPhones in 2008 and that would exclude the 10 million second generation iPhones that Mr. Dulaney claims Apple has ordered.
The Gartner analyst also understands that Apple will be using Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) display to increase the battery life and reduce the size of the iPhone.
Earlier this month, another Analyst, this time from Piper Jaffray reported that Apple could exceed its 10 million iPhone goal by nearly 30 percent, especially if it cuts down the price of the phone and if the iPhone SDK proves to be a hit with developers.