The production of the iPhone 14 was first delayed because of the lockdown in China and now it might suffer another delay because of the shortage of essential components.
Even if China factories where the iPhone 14 is assembled are gradually resuming their operations, the same measures has simultaneously affected component providers as they cant deliver items to Apple partners. The problem might also affect the factories Apple hired in other regions of the world, if the production is influenced by the same insufficient stocks of essential components.
Rumors that the iPhone 14 might be released just on paper in September are starting to gain more and more traction and there is a real possibility for consumers to get the iPhones they order with a delay off three or four weeks.
The iPhone 14 Max and iPhone 14 Pro Max might be the most affected as the final assembly is stopped because of displays shortages. The display is already difficult to deliver also because of Apple’s strict quality requirements. It also does not help that Apple has fired Chinese supplier BOE earlier this summer.
An even worse news is that Apple might speculate this and might increase the price of the iPhone 14. Moreover, retail stores might also apply some price increases as they might also take advantage of this situation.
One reason for many consumers to “skip a generation” is the fact that Apple decided to refuse the chipset the company used last year and only top iPhone 14 models are set to get a new generation hardware platform.
Under these conditions, i’m going to stick to my iPhone 13 Pro Max for the foreseeable future.