Apple could ship over 24 million iPhones in 2010 and 19 million next-generation 4G iPhones according to a new report in Digitimes.
The Digitimes number includes shipments of 4.5 million units shipped in the first half of 2010 before the new model is launched. With as many as 19.5 million next-generation iPhones in the second half of 2010.
“Foxconn will ship 4.5 million units in the first half and 19.5 million units for the rest of 2010,” reads the report. “Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 4G on June 7, 2010 during Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference.”
The numbers for the second half of the year, if accurate, suggest that Apple is anticipating truly massive demand for the device, and it also means that shipping dates for 4G will be nearer June 7 rather than a delayed launch.
The Digitimes report also suggested that the new iPhones would incorporate fringe-field switching (FFS) technology, which would offer the screen a wider viewing angle and clearer visibility in sunlight and a 960×640 screen resolution:
The Digitimes analyst Ming-Chi Kuo also speculates that the greater resolution and increased viewing angle is an attempt to enter the ebook market. “Apple is aiming to improve the handset’s e-book reader features and promote its iBooks Store. HTC’s Hero smartphone has already adopted this technology.”
The Digitimes article also indicates that the iPhone 4G will run on the Arm Cortex A8 processor, with a 512MB memory module from Samsung Electronics, doubling the memory capacity seen in the iPhone 3GS to take advantage of the multi-tasking capability of the iPhone 4.0 platform.
To solve battery life issues, the new iPhone’s panel is 33% thinner than in previous iPhone versions to permit more space for larger battery modules supplied by Simplo Technology and Dynapack International Technology, Kuo said.