New information from Apple’s first iPhone manufacturer is positive. The official release date of the iPhone 14 is unknown. However, some promising news from Asia means that the upcoming Apple phone will be released in the fall. Foxconn, Apple’s iPhone-suite key partner, said Covid locks in China early this spring had no negative impact on the company. “The impact of the general shutdown on Foxconn is fairly small,” Young Liu, chairman of the Nikkei Asia, said in a statement, adding that the company’s production facilities are operating at normal levels.
That is good news for Apple. When news of Covid locks hit, Foxconn was set to stop operations at its Shenzen facilities. According to CNBC reports (open in new tab), that is exactly where many Apple products, including the iPhone, are put together. Any delay will affect Apple’s ability to ship the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro in the normal fall launch window.
The optimistic report from Foxconn does not recommend the iPhone 14 will not face any delays or malfunctions. But it is a sign of encouragement, especially in light of warnings from Apple early this spring that it expects to hit with supply restrictions during the May quarter. Essentially, Apple told investors that Covid-19 locks and mineral deficiencies could affect sales by $ 4 billion to $ 8 billion during the three months ending this May. At the time, those shortcomings greatly affected Apple’s ability to deliver Macs and iPads to customers, but that did not encourage iPhone 14 expectations.
Based on our own predictions and previous rumors and leaks, the iPhone 14 may be announced on September 13. And the release date of the iPhone 14 may hit on September 22, which will be 10 days later. Last fall, Apple began selling the iPhone 13 on September 24, which is in line with when past iPhones became available. However, Apple quickly plunged into supply problems, with demand for the iPhone 13 Pro models even higher. Not until the beginning of this year, Apple has a handy inventory to meet demand. The iPhone 12 launch time is not good for Apple, either. Occurring in the first year of the Covid pandemic, the 2020 launch did not happen until October – and after that, only the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro were shipped initially. The other two models will not hit stores until November of that year.
Obviously, Apple would like to avoid repeating that situation. It also did not indicate whether supply chains will work in the industry’s favor for the iPhone 14 launch, but Foxconn reports of course give us more hope that we will see new iPhones soon in the fall than later. Philip Michaels is the Managing Editor in Tom’s Guide. It has been covering personal technology since 1999 and was in the house when Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone for the first time. It has been computing smartphones since the first iPhone launched in 2007, and has been following phone transfers and smartphone ideas since 2015. It has strong opinions about Apple, Oakland athletes, movies old and good breeding techniques. Follow him at @PhilipMichaels.