“Apple has increased its part and component orders for iPhone 7 devices, with order visibility for the fourth quarter of 2016 to be 20-30% higher than expected, according to sources from Taiwan-based touch panel makers,” Siu Han and Steve Shen report for DigiTimes.

“Touch panel makers TPK Holding and General Interface Solution (GIS) shared the touch panel orders for iPhone 7 devices previously,” Han and Shen report, “but Apple appeared to have pulled in more orders from GIS recently, the sources noted.”

Han and Shen report, “Shipments of the iPhone 7 devices from ODMs are expected to reach 80-84 million units in the second half of 2016, compared to 85-90 million iPhone 6s shipped in the latter half of 2015, estimated the sources.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Big surprise.

Calendar fourth quarter will set an all-new quarterly iPhone unit sales record. — MacDailyNews, August 8, 2016

And iPhone sales will return to YOY unit sales growth in Apple’s fiscal 2017. — MacDailyNews, August 15, 2016

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Dan K.” for the heads up.]