The China Times reports that Apple has already ordered 4 million iPhone units for the second quarter, though it remains unclear as to how that number should be interpreted. The report suggests that the 4 million figure might actually be comprised of 3 separate iPhone models.
Here’s a translation via Google:
Apple has officially announced this week a new version of iPhone shipment estimates this quarter, Apple will launch a total of 3 new iPhone, second quarter Shipments will be able to reach four million.
According to the report, one of the iPhone models will include an Edge based iPhone. If true, this might be Apple’s answer to analysts who keep harping on the fact that Apple needs a low cost iPhone model if it wants to remain competitive. Apple has explicitly said that it will not release a low-end phone, but it does make sense that it would sell an Edge based iPhone at an entry level price.
Interestingly, the 4 million figure supposedly also includes an iPhone specifically geared for China. When the iPhone does eventually launch in China, it will presumably lack Wi-Fi capabilities as is required by Chinese law.
The other model, of course, is a next-gen iPhone model that is largely believed to include video recording, support for faster internet browsing, a 3.2 Megapixel camera, improved battery life, and surprise surprise, a new OS.
You can check out a translation of the entire article over here.