Apple already building iPhones at rate of 40 million a year?
Foxconn, the company's Taiwanese handset and iPod manufacturer, has recently ramped production of the new iPhone to 800,000 units per week, says TechCrunch, citing a person "close to Apple with direct knowledge of the numbers."
The build rate is said to be "above current full capacity" for the Foxconn facilities alloted to Apple's handset business, which has led to concerns that quality control may suffer. At the current rate, Apple stands to produce more than 40 million iPhone 3Gs over the course of twelve months.
TechCrunch believes Apple's initial order was actually 40 million units over the course of the first twelve months, but is now hearing that "those numbers are being revised upwards sharply."