Apple Ramps Up 2011 iPhone Orders to 56 Million

Apple has apparently scaled up its iPhone orders from 50 million to 56 million for the second half of 2011 based on reports from parts suppliers in Taiwan.

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According to DigiTimes, those new orders will include iPhone 3GS, GSM and CDMA-based iPhone 4 models, and the unannounced iPhone 5. The new iPhone 5 will apparently account for between 25.5 and 26 million of the devices ordered.

Assuming the report is correct, that helps support rumors that Apple is planning on releasing new iPhone models this fall.

Apple hasn’t confirmed that a new iPhone will be released this year, so reports that an update is on the way should be taken with an appropriate grain of salt. That said, information supporting a September or October iPhone 5 release has been mounting.

The DigiTimes sources also claim the total number of iPhone orders for 2011 will hit the 95 million mark.