Strong demand in China reportedly forces Apple to boost iPhone 6 Plus production

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 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.