Apple is maintaining a high level of production for the two-year-old iPhone 3GS, according to some recently disclosed information from Asia.
DigiTimes, quoting as always sources within Apple's supply chain, reports that Apple ordered 2 million units of iPhone 3GS for this quarter and another 1.4 - 1.6 million units for the first quarter of next year.
There is also information about the production of CDMA iPhone 4; the supply chain will send Apple between 800,000 and 1 million units in the holiday quarter and 500,000-600,000 units in the following quarter.
The iPhone 3GS is expected to remain in high demand after its became the first Apple smartphone to be offered for free in the US on a carrier contract. Although, AT&T, probably wanting to set iPhone 3GS apart from other free phones, raised the price to $0.99.
Apple's officials have noticed that iPhone 3GS adds a "good dynamic" to its smartphone lineup, and is bringing new fans to the iPhone family; fans who they hope will eventually upgrade within the range.
Besides, even if it is a veteran on the market compared to the younger iPhone 4 and 4S, iPhone 3GS is still a solid handset that performs well on the market. Last quarter, before the new star handset was released, iPhone 3GS was the second best selling smartphone in the US, after its sibling iPhone 4.