DigiTimes reports that Apple has recently increased its touch panel orders for iPhone 7 devices by up to 30%. The information comes courtesy of supplier General Interface Solution (a Foxconn subsidiary), which received the additional orders.
According to analyst estimates, however, iPhone 7 shipments are expected to reach up to 84 million units in the second half of 2016, less than the up to 90 million iPhone 6s units shipped in late 2015. Initial demand for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus has been high, with Jet Black iPhones and the bigger, dual-camera equipped phablet being particularly scarce due to limited supply.
Certain analysts believe that the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 recall has contributed to the larger demand, with customers who have returned their defective units opting for an iPhone 7 over a replacement unit. A poll conducted by SurveyMunkey stated that 26% of the participating Note 7 owners will use their refunds to switch to an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus. Samsung’s own research, however, claims that 90% of Note 7 owners have chosen to receive a direct replacement, and over 60% of defective devices in the United States have been exchanged.