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The Apple logo is pictured at a retail store in the Marina neighborhood in San Francisco, California April 23, 2014. Reuters

Slim as the iPhone 6 is but when the units that Apple has shipped out so far are stacked up the whole pile will easily reach the highest point that the International Space Station (ISS) orbits and beyond. This will be achieved alone by the total shipments as of December 2014, a new report said.

The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus that found their way onto consumers’ hands during the holiday season last year are far too many that the total numbers of the devices can breach the tallest structures or mountains found on Earth. In Apple’s estimates, the more than 74 million iPhones cleared out in the last quarter of 2014 will go as high as 1.3 million feet, Business Insider said.

Or even beyond as the tech giant again went past the 50 million mark in the March 2015 and there are firm indications that the same will happen in the second quarter of the year.

The visualisation, according to the publication, was from Apple senior executive Jeff Williams. Williams, who is in charge of operations at the Cupertino-based company, told Re/code in an interview that the iPhone 6 sales is so impressive that the devices in circulation, when collected and set in a single heap, will dwarf over the tallest building in the planet. The whole stack, in fact, will reach the astronauts stationed at the ISS.

“If you stacked them like pancakes, not only would they be taller than the tallest building, they would go up a few hundred miles, such that they would be higher than the orbit of the International Space Station,” the Apple official said.

And such scenario could again play out by the end of 2015 or three months after the rumoured iPhone 6S and S6 Plus are released. Analysts are projecting that the 6S sales will be bigger than that of the iPhone 6 despite the perception that the refresh this year represents incremental jump for the Apple flagship.

Yet while iOS 9 will ensure that the next iPhone will unload a bevy of fresh killer features, the total buys for the iPhone 6S will be most due to the large-scale upgrade moves from existing iPhone owners. From the iPhone 4 to the iPhone 5S, the would-be upgraders could reach hundreds of millions.

As a result, the iPhone 6S is being tipped as biggest Apple launch ever with the actual release date likely to happen as early as September 2015.

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