By Jonathan Davies

Apple is asking suppliers to produce between 85 and 90 million of its new iPhones by the end of the year, according to reports.

The tech giant is expected to launch new 4.7" and 5" screen models later this year.

It suppliers do manufacture that many iPhones it would dwarf its previous record of 70 million - 80 million iPhone 6 and iPhones Plus models ordered last year.

Wall Street Journal claims the reports of record orders came from Apple's suppliers. Last month Bloomberg reported that suppliers had already started production of iPhones with its Force Touch technology already used in the Apple Watch and MacBook laptop, which enables the device to detect the difference between a light and heavy touch.

Reports also suggest that Apple is also considering hiring a third company to help with production.