Apple’s iPhone 6/Plus powers Hon Hai to highest first-quarter profit growth in a decade

“Strong demand for large-screen iPhones helped Apple Inc.’s major assembler, Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., achieve its highest first-quarter profit growth in a decade,” Lorraine Luk reports for The Wall Street Journal. “Hon Hai Friday reported a 56% rise from a year earlier in its first-quarter earnings. The earnings rise beat the 33% the company reached in the fourth quarter—usually a peak season, as consumers tend to spend more on gadgets during the year-end holiday season.”

“Hon Hai, which derives almost half of its revenue from Apple, has been seeking growth drivers beyond contract manufacturing as competition for Apple’s orders intensify and wages in China—where it does its manufacturing—continue to rise,” Luk reports. “The bottom line got a boost from a 40% jump in the number of iPhones sold by Apple in its fiscal second quarter ended March 28.”

“‘A lot of consumers are still in the process of replacing their old phones with large-screen iPhones,’ said Kylie Huang, an analyst at Daiwa Capital Markets. ‘I also expect the next-generation iPhones slated for launch in the fall will be even more popular than the current versions because of some exciting new features,'” Luk reports. “The next iPhones’ screens will add sensors to detect how hard a user is pressing, people familiar with the matter told The Wall Street Journal in March, but the size and resolution of the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch displays won’t be changed.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Behold the power of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

Force Touch will be an important differentiator. There is no need whatsoever to change “the size” or the “resolution of the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch displays.”


  1. I disagree with MDN take not to increase size. The form factor size is just right, but get rid of the bezel and home button. Let the screen stretch border to border.

    For fingerprint id, place it on the back of the iPhone. Also give us 2 day extreme use battery life & much better camera. I know some of you think the camera is great, but my pictures on my iPhone 5s & 6+ are ok compared to my stepson Samsung S5. The camera needs to be DUMMY PROOF!

    Also get rid of the lightning port and go inductive charging like the Apple Watch. Let’s try to make it as water resistant as possible.

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