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Apple is apparently so confident that the iPhone 6 will be its fastest-selling handset that it’s reportedly ordered a massive 68 million iPhone 6 units ahead of the Fall launch.

According to Chinese media reports, Apple is expecting high demand for the handset. It’s not just the case of pent-up demand, however.

Provided rumors are true, this Fall will bring the first iPhablet in the form of a 5.5-inch iPhone 6, a popular form factor that should help bring customer who have switched over to Samsung back into the fold…

GforGames points us to Taiwan’s Business Weekly reports [Google translate] mentioning an unprecedented amount of orders ahead of the iPhone 6’s launch this Fall.

Shipments are said to be anywhere between 60 and 80 million units. Business Weekly estimated that the first batch of iPhone 6 shipments will be of at least 68 million units, or twice as much compared to orders for the iPhone 5 in 2012.

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The report did not specify whether the estimate includes both 4.7 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 variants. The story adds that the handset will enter mass production later this month.

“Foxconn and Pegatron’s chairmen, Terry Gou and Tung Tsu-hsien respectively, have supposedly been notified by Apple in regards to the production plan since the second week of June,” notes the story.

Apple’s boss Tim Cook frequently hinted at amazing new products this year. If the company is anticipating a twofold increase in demand volume for the iPhone 6 versus the iPhone 5/5s, it must be really confident that it has a smash hit on its hands.

Can the iPhone 6 deliver on the hype, do you think?