Apple raises iPhone shipments to about 21 million for first quarter of 2011, report says


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Apple has requested an increased order from its iPhone suppliers, bumping global shipment targets for the hugely popular device from 19 million units to between 20 million and 21 million units for the first-quarter of 2011, according to a report from the DigiTimes.

About 5 to 6 million of those iPhones will be capable of operating on CDMA mobile networks, which is a 3G standard that Verizon uses, the DigiTimes said, attributing its information to anonymous sources at Apple’s Taiwan-based suppliers Foxconn and Pegatron.


Currently, AT&T is the exclusive carrier of the iPhone in North America, but rumors of a Verizon iPhone have been rampant on the Internet as far back as 2007.

Verizon began selling Apple’s iPad tablet computer in October, which only added to the hype of a possible AT&T-free iPhone.

The unnamed sources told the DigiTimes that the CDMA iPhones were set to launch in markets in North America and the Asia Pacific region during the first three months of next year.

Apple shipped about 15.5 million iPhones in the fourth quarter of this year and about 47 million iPhones total, according to the DigiTimes.


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Top image: Apple iPhone 4. Credit: Apple

Bottom image: An employee banner from Unnamed sources at Foxconn, Apple’s Taiwan-based supplier. Credit: Foxconn