The iPhone 14 Max is currently around three weeks behind schedule, according to Haitong International Securities analyst Jeff Pu.
Yesterday, Asian Nikkei reported that at least one iPhone 14 model was three weeks behind schedule due to the impact of lockdowns on Apple’s supply chains in China, but it was unclear which iPhone 14 model it was related to. Now, Pu has clarified that the model in question is the iPhone 14 Max, Apple’s next iPhone that is expected to bring a larger 6.7-inch screen to its non-professional smartphone lineup.
Pu explained that the iPhone 14 Max delay was specifically due to Pegatron halting production during the latest Shanghai lockdown. The iPhone 14 Max isn’t expected to go into mass production until the end of August, likely just weeks before the new iPhone lineup is unveiled at an Apple event in September.
All four iPhone 14 models are currently believed to be in the Engineering Verification Test (EVT) development phase, according to Nikkeithe sources of . Normally, all new iPhone models complete the EVT and go into verification at the end of June. After the development phase of the new iPhones, Apple’s main assemblers, Foxconn and Pegatron, enter a phase known as new product introductions (NPI) during which the manufacturing process of the latest designs is outlined. NPI is followed by several final verification processes before mass production begins.
The iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Pro, and iPhone 14 Pro Max are still scheduled to reach mass production in early August, weeks before the iPhone 14 Max, according to Pu. It’s unclear if the delay will result in the iPhone 14 Max shipping later than the other iPhone 14 models, or if it will simply be in short supply at launch. Nikkei‘s sources suggested that the time frame still depends on how much the iPhone 14 Max development process can be accelerated.
Apple has reportedly told vendors to accelerate product development efforts to make up for lost time before the delay impacts the typical manufacturing schedule, which could impact initial production volumes of the iPhone 14 lineup. broader way. Similarly, news broke earlier this month that Apple told Foxconn to start recruiting workers to assemble iPhone 14 models earlier than usual amid fears China lockdowns could lead to supply shortages or delays. later in the year.
To update: Following the publication of this article, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo stated that Apple has The shipping plan for the iPhone 14 did not change. models despite lockdowns in China. He reiterated that the iPhone 14 Max is indeed behind schedule, but the situation is reportedly under control and vendors may be working overtime to catch up. He believes the challenges of the iPhone 14 lineup “will come from the demand side rather than the supply side.”