This is an increase over its original request, says DigiTimes. Apple was previously telling partners it wanted 19 million phones.
This is a big order. Shipments don’t equal sales, so it’s not a perfect comparison, but for some context, Apple sold 14.1 million in Q3 2010.
Piper Jaffray has a pretty conservative estimate of 12 million iPhones for Q1 2011.
Of the 20-21 million phones Apple is ordering, 5-6 million are CDMA based, which means they could run on Verizon’s network.
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