As the launch date approaches, iPhone 14 leaks are aplenty, but COVID lockdowns may cause the unveiling to be postponed this year. According to a report published by Nikkei Asia, Apple’s Chinese suppliers are behind schedule.
According to unnamed sources familiar with the situation, Apple is asking its suppliers to increase production speed so that it can stay on time.
Foxconn, Pegatron, and Luxshare Precision Industry are among Apple’s primary Chinese suppliers. As the region suffers from a return of COVID-19, the latter two corporations are grappling with the sluggish reopening of factories in Shanghai. Apple could lose nearly $8 billion in sales as a result of the manufacturing halt, according to estimates.
According to Apple’s regular development schedules, the next iPhone models should be in the verification test (EVT) phase by June. However, according to the news source, one of the iPhone 14 variants would be delayed by three weeks.
Apple intends to start mass production in September, but it’s unclear how the current revisions will affect the release schedule. Apple generally announces new iPhones by the end of September, but due to production delays, the launch date may be pushed out to October.