Foxconn reportedly begins global shipment of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus

The wait for Apple’s next-generation iPhone is almost over. On Wednesday, the company is expected to announce a slew of new products, with the purported iPhone 7 duo being chief among them. Over the past 24 hours or so, we’ve seen quite a bit of new info, including the suggestion that the new devices will be able to shoot 4K video at a whopping 60 fps. As Cook, Schiller et al prep their lines for the upcoming keynote, reports out of China indicate that manufacturer Foxconn has begun the process of shipping the devices worldwide.

According to ITHome, some 370,000 units have made their way out Zhengzhou en route to a number of anticipated launch countries. Apparently, the devices are headed over to the United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Italy and the United States, among other places. If history is anything to go by, iPhone 7 sales should comfortably exceed 10 million during the opening weekend, so this initial batch of 370k — said to weigh in at some 200 tons — is comparative chickenfeed.

Where reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Quo has said in the past that the iPhone 7 duo won’t have many ‘attractive selling points’, more recent leaks have offered prospective buyers reason to be excited. The designs of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus likely won’t be radically different from their respective predecessors, but under the hood, we’re expecting quite a bit. A seemingly major processor bump could offer a marked increase in performance, while waterproofing capabilities and a couple of new darker color options could be drafted in.

Alas, Samsung’s unfortunate situation re the Galaxy Note 7 will surely have prompted some phablet fans to look instead to the iPhone 7 Plus. Indeed, unconfirmed reports suggest that Apple has begun ramping up component orders in an apparent show of confidence. Samsung’s loss, you feel, will certainly be to Apple’s gain — it just remains to be seen to what degree.

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