iPhone 6 Plus (hand 001)

In case you didn’t get a memo, Chinese buyers are especially fond of oversized phones. In fact, for many Asians a jumbo-sized phone isn’t just a tablet replacement but their only mobile device.

Counting on the phablet popularity in China, Apple’s now found itself in a situation where it needs to increase output of iPhone 6 Plus due to higher than expected demand for the 5.5-inch Apple smartphone in the 1.33 billion people country, Apple’s second-largest market by revenue, DigiTimes reported Tuesday.

Apple “may have to adjust” the supply ratios of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus due to “higher than expected demand” for the iPhone 6 Plus in China, industry sources told the Taiwanese trade publication.

Specifically, Apple is reportedly looking to change the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus supply ratio from 70:30 or 65:35 set originally to 55:45.

DigiTimes isn’t the most accurate of sources when it comes to predicting Apple’s moves but in the publication’s defense it did caution earlier this month that the iPhone 6 Plus accounted for 60 percent of total iPhone 6 shipments.

At the time of this writing, shipping times for the iPhone 6 Plus models on Apple’s website were 3-4 weeks out, with the iPhone 6 models 7-10 business days out.

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus officially hit store shelves in China this past Friday, October 17, following reports that the country’s major carriers had collected as many as 20 million pre-orders for the new devices.

Coincidentally or not, a Monday report by Great Fire alleged that the Chinese government was employing a man-in-the-middle attack in an attempt to fool unsuspecting users into providing their iCloud credentials via a fake iCloud.com login page.

Be that as it may, one Chinese carrier is said to be offering a weird in-house pocket enlargement to customers opting for the iPhone 6 Plus.

“China Unicom has actually hired a group of tailors to provide this service at many of its stores across the country,” Ubergizmo reported this morning.

[DigiTimes]

  • Tony Trenkle Jr.

    I thought they already had boosted the production of it.

    • I’m guessing that since the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus are the most popular iPhones ever they’ve had to boost production and then boost the boosted production…

      • Dan

        couldn’t resist

      • Tony Trenkle Jr.

        haha good point

  • Gus Me

    If true, this needs to happen sooner rather than later. The wait time is ridiculous…

  • Rowan09

    Pocket enlargement. Lol this made my morning.

    • Nate McKelvie

      This is actually become quite the common thing to do Amongst a few clothing companies such as levi

      • Rowan09

        They shrink jeans and now are making larger pockets? Amazing.

  • chris125

    They should have done this as soon as they saw the crazy demand in the US. It only makes sense that larger phones are in, and people want the 6+. Just look at the huge wait times. People will be lucky to get a 6+ before the 6s+ launches at this rate.

  • Tommy

    U really gotta pity the Chinese.
    The iPhone is manufactured in China yet not only do they not get it first, their prices are sky high as well. Guess Apple really knows how to suck the shit outta them.

    • Steve R.

      For the record, the reason it was delayed in China this time was because of regulation by the government.

      • Tommy

        Yeah I know. They’re doomed to be screwed.

  • jay

    don’t know what the deal with the 6 plus is? has is pros and cons but one thing i don’t understand is its size. my one plus has the same screen size and way smaller. apple should of done a better job or?