iPhone 14 Launch To Be Delayed Due To China Lockdown, Check Details

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iPhone 14 lineup is expected to launch in the second half of this year, around September. The series is said to include four models this year, without the mini version. 

Rumours and leaks have revealed quite a bit about the phones. However, Apple might miss the usual launch cycle this year. 

Reports suggest that there will be a delay in the iPhone 14 announcement due to the unprecedented global chip shortage. 

While Apple and its suppliers have started working hard to make up for the lost time, the Covid-19 induced lockdowns in China have compounded the problems.

While China has started to ease the lockdown restrictions, the Nikkei Asia report claims that Apple could still struggle to make up for the time that is already lost. 

In a worst-possible case, Apple is looking at a loss of 6-10 million units in the run-up to the iPhone 14 launch date.

Nikkei Asia reports that at least one of the flagship models in the iPhone 14 series has fallen behind the schedule due to disruptions stemming from China’s month-long lockdowns. 

Apparently, Apple has already directed suppliers to speed up product development.

The delays are specific to the engineering verification test when suppliers finalise the parts and processes needed to start production, the report suggests. 

The schedule for Apple’s usual late-Sep launch requires all new models to complete the engineering verification test stage by June end. 

However, one model - the iPhone 14 Max is three weeks behind the schedule. 

Analysts opine that they are also not optimistic about Apple’s suppliers making up for the lost time. 

They say the restrictions still in place could take a month or two to return to normalcy, assuming there will not be any further lockdowns.

There are chances that Apple might not change the launch September timeline due to any delay in the availability of a single model. 

It would simply push the launch date to a later date as it did in the past with the iPhone X and XR.

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