The new iPhone 14, which has the same look as last year’s iPhone and a one-year-old chip, appears to be in poor demand, and Apple is reportedly reducing production of the device.
Foxconn, Apple’s top supplier, has been told to shut down at least five production lines that were previously used to build the iPhone 14 in Zhengzhou, China, according to supply chain workers who talked with ITHome. It’s unclear from the story if this covers the smaller 6.1-inch iPhone 14 or the larger 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Plus.
The fresh information was made public after Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claimed earlier this week that Apple was increasing production of the in-demand iPhone 14 Pro. In order to keep up, Kuo continued, Apple is shifting production resources from the iPhone 14 to the iPhone 14 Pro.
The iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max in various combinations are still listed on Apple’s website as expected to come out in a few weeks, while the iPhone 14 is still readily accessible. There is no wait time for the iPhone 14 Plus on Apple’s website when it ships to customers on October 7.
The iPhone 14 has the same design and display as the iPhone 13 but uses the same processor as the iPhone 13 Pro and has more advanced photography features. The former “mini” size from the iPhone 12 and 13 lineups has been replaced by the larger, 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Plus.