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Apple takes a gamble with its iPhone 6 by upping production by a third: Firm orders suppliers to make 80 MILLION handsets

Apple's larger screens are expected to use in-cell technology that will make the screens thinner and lighter by adding touch sensors to the liquid crystal display. Elsewhere, the 5.5-inch iPhone screen is expected to be made of strong and resilient sapphire crystal - shown here being stabbed with a knife

Rumours claim Apple is hoping to manufacture 80 million iPhone 6s
This figure is expected to cover both the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch devices
By upping production, it suggest Apple is confident devices will sell well
Initial orders for the iPhone 5C and 5S were around 60 million
iPhone maker Foxconn has confirmed it has hired 100,000 new workers to manufacture the new gadgets

Apple is said to be so confident its upcoming iPhone 6 will be a success, it is rumoured to have ordered 80 million handsets by the end of the year.
If true, this would be the largest initial production run of iPhones – up from 60 million for the iPhone 5S and 5C last year.
Suppliers claim the Californian firm has asked for between 70 and 80 million units combined for the rumoured 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 6s by 30 December. 
The reports come after iPhone maker Foxconn confirmed it has hired 100,000 new workers to manufacture the new gadgets. 
The 4.7-inch iPhone is expected to go into production next week, with the larger 5.5inch version set to start three weeks later.

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 Apple has traditionally touted the benefits of smaller screens, and its devices typically have a 4-inch display.
By increasing the size of its iPhone 6 handsets, Apple phones will be closer in size to those made by rival Samsung and HTC.
Apple's larger screens are expected to use in-cell technology that will make the screens thinner and lighter by adding touch sensors to the liquid crystal display.
Current models have a separate touchscreen layer.
Elsewhere, the 5.5-inch iPhone screen is expected to be made of sapphire crystal, rather than glass.
Due to the complex nature of these screens, reports claim Apple could even ask component makers to prepare for 120 million displays, to account for any faults and replacements that need to be issued.
The Economic Daily said earlier this week Foxconn finally confirmed the rumours it would hire a huge number of staff.
The report appears to contradict earlier claims the larger 'phablet' sized iPhone 6 won't ship until 2015.

 A YouTube videomaker recently claimed to have acquired one of the sapphire screens - and has subjected it to a barrage of abuse, from stabbing it with a knife and keys to bending and twisting it.
In the video, the screen emerges totally unscathed, raising hopes is could lead to a far more resilient handset from Apple.
Marques Brownlee, a popular YouTube host claims to have got the screen from well known Apple leaker Sonny Dickson, who recently made his own video showcasing the screen.
In the video he can be seen bending and twisting the screen.
'I slowly realised there is absolutely no way I can break this display under my own power,' he said.
'The worst blemish on the surface was actually my fingerprint marks and the dust from handling it so much.'
The glass is also extremely high-quality, Brownlee noted: 'There’s absolutely no colour shift while looking through the sapphire glass.'
Apple already uses a small amount of sapphire glass for the 'Home' button and camera lens in the iPhone 5S, but the rest of the current iPhone front display is made of Gorilla Glass.

 IDozens of pictures have leaked online claiming to show Apple's iPhone 6.
They all show a thin, curved device with distinctive white 'bars' across the back.
However, a Japanese news agency has claimed that in fact, the finished product will look very different - and that it could even have a curved screen.



Suppliers claim Apple has ordered between 70 and 80 million units combined for its rumoured, upcoming 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 6s (leaked images pictured) by 30 December. The reports come after iPhone maker Foxconn confirmed it has hired 100,000 new workers to manufacture the gadgets

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