Citing unnamed “people familiar with the situation,” the Journal reported that iPhone manufacturers have been told to prepare for 25 million units by the end of 2011.
One source said Apple instructed that manufacturers be ready to ship components for the first few million units to Hon Hai assembly factories by the end of August.
As always, take these reports with a grain or two of salt. A Digitimes report yesterday indicated that Apple made its initial order with Pegatron, not Hon Hai. Some people think Apple is launching two iPhones in September, and others think that the next iPhone will be a small revamp.
Still, everything in the Journal’s report backs up previous speculation and suggests that a big fall product launch is looking more and more likely.