According to a fresh claim from the Japanese daily Nikkei, at least part of Apple’s iPhone 14 series smartphones may be delayed because of China’s rigorous COVID-19 shutdown.
Sources tell Nikkei that Pegatron, the manufacturer of the iPhone, was forced to halt manufacturing in Shanghai and Kunshan earlier this year due to a lack of demand for its products. Shanghai’s city-wide shutdown is currently in its seventh week of operation.
It was revealed last week that Apple’s chief financial officer, Luca Maestri, had issued a supply-chain alert following the company’s earnings report, citing the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. According to Nikkei, Apple’s entire iPhone 14 production could be hampered by this issue at the beginning of its production run. Apple has previously delayed specific iPhone models by several weeks, as was the case with the iPhone XS/XS Max and the iPhone XR, so this wouldn’t be unprecedented.
Apple’s iPhone 14 series is expected to arrive in the fall of 2014. iPhone 14 Pro models are expected to have a pill-shaped cutout for the front-facing camera, while iPhone 14 models are expected to keep the notch. According to recent rumours, YouTuber Jon Prosser has created images of the iPhone 14 Pro, which reveal a sleek design and a front-facing camera that looks like that of Samsung’s S10+, which was released in 2019.