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Apple Raises iPhone 5 Orders To 20 Million For Q4 2011

Apple's iPhone order volume for the second half of 2011 has reportedly been increased. The company has raised by 12 to 13 per cent the total number of handsets ordered for its iPhone range: iPhone 3Gs, iPhone 4, iPhone 4 CDMA and the expected iPhone 5 for the second half of 2011.

The original number estimated at the end of Q2 this year was 50 million units and now more than 56 million units are foreseen. According to supply chain makers in Taiwan, of the 56 million units, 25.5-26 million iPhones will be the purported iPhone 5, Digitimes reports.

For the third quarter of 2011, iPhone 5 orders have been dropped from 7 million units to 5.5 - 6 million units, but in the fourth quarter the total order volume has been raised from 14 million units to more than 20 million iPhone 5 handsets.

In the same timeframe, the total orders of iPhone 3Gs, iPhone 4 and iPhone 4 CDMA are going in the opposite direction: in the third quarter they have been raised to more than 20 million units, while in the fourth quarter their number has been lowered to only eight million units, according to the Taiwanese source.

The total shipments for 2011 for Apple's iPhones would, by these figures, reach 95 million units by the end of the year.