Apple Could Face Production Issues With Latest iPhone 14 – Possible Launch Delay

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September could be too late for Apple to introduce all 4 iPhone versions. China instituted severe, month-long lockdowns to limit the transmission of COVID-19, as per a statement by Nikkei Asia that at least 1 iPhone to be introduced this year would have fallen behind schedule. To account for the period wasted during curfews, Apple already has told manufacturers to hurry up the production workflow. Production and retail volumes might be affected if Apple’s new iPhones are pushed back by this delay.

The question now is, what does this imply for customers? Apple will ship the latest iPhone 14 range on schedule if vendors buckle down and arrange to create sufficient numbers.  It’s possible, though, that Apple may have to delay its October grand opening if its suppliers miss the timeframe. According to Apple, the present iPhone devices will be affected by China’s closings, which the company has previously warned about.

After all the components and processes needed to make an iPhone have been finalized, 91Mobiles reports that there has been a lag in manufacturing because of the engineering validation step. End-of-June results from suppliers’ technical verification tests looked challenging at present, so Apple may launch all 4 iPhone versions in September. Apple iPhone 14 Max is said to be 3 weeks off schedule, according to reports.

In light of recent events, it appears probable that Apple will have a special announcement ceremony for the iPhone 14 Max, the variant that was previously postponed. There is a chance that Apple may hold its traditional September iPhone 14 announcement event in full. To be clear, Apple has not acknowledged a postponement in the manufacture of iPhone models, and nothing in this article should be taken as fact.

William Reid
A science writer through and through, William Reid’s first starting working on offline local newspapers. An obsessive fascination with all things science/health blossomed from a hobby into a career. Before hopping over to Optic Flux, William worked as a freelancer for many online tech publications including ScienceWorld, JoyStiq and Digg. William serves as our lead science and health reporter.