Ming Chi-Kuo, a respected expert, tweeted last week that demand for the iPhone 14 in China is projected to increase. According to a poll conducted by analyst Kuo, Chinese distributors/retailers/scalpers are paying the biggest pre-payment deposits ever to ensure a sufficient supply of iPhone 14 devices. Compared to the price of the iPhone 13, this deposit is “considerably greater” in some places.
Despite Kuo’s tweet, Digitimes said, “It is understood that the mass manufacturing of Apple’s iPhone 14 series has started, although the projected shipment of 90 million devices has been decreased by 10 percent.” Alternatively, according to Digitimes’ story, Apple has slashed its initial iPhone 14 series orders by 10%. In light of Kuo’s tweet advocating for greater Chinese prepaid deposits for the iPhone 14, this isn’t what you’d expect to hear.
Ten percent of iPhone 14 orders have been slashed from Apple, AMD, and NVIDIA’s key customers, according to a rumor that the major chip foundry TSMC has received orders reductions from these companies. Following reports that Apple is cutting back on orders with TSMC, Kuo tweeted Saturday morning that his survey doesn’t support the claims. According to the TF International analyst, he expects Apple to ship 100 million iPhone 14 units from the supply chain this year.
In the event that a supply chain issue delays the distribution of new iPhone units prior to mass production, Apple often delays orders rather than reduces them, according to Kuo’s observations.
This is how things now stand. If you were to make a wager, you’d probably put your money on Kuo based on his long history of success and reputation.
We anticipate that Apple will unveil four new iPhone models in a little over two months, including the 6.1-inch iPhone 14, the 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Max, the 6.1-inch iPhone 14 Pro, and the 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Pro Max.