Because the iPhone 12 series was slightly delayed, people are now constantly worried that Covid-related production issues could affect any new Apple smartphone, and the iPhone 14 is no exception. However, it seems that Apple is especially interested in making sure there are no delays.
A report written by the United Daily News describes Apple’s production plants in China: Apparently, the middle of the year is usually a quiet time for factories, but Apple is pushing to “hire additional bonus workers during the rare off-season.”
The report outlines multiple times how Apple is pushing to start production of the iPhone 14 earlier than it normally would, primarily by rushing through the process of hiring factory workers, to offset any supply chain issues that may arise. .
It also appears that the iPhone 13 series is ramping up production due to popularity, with the iPhone 13 Pro in particular seeing a massive increase in orders. So the workers in the factories that make Apple’s iPhones are probably not looking at the clock right now.
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Apple is likely doing everything it can ahead of time, to offset any uncertainties closer to the iPhone 14 release date: sporadic lockdowns in places like Shanghai are an example of the kind of event that can affect production.
By starting now, Apple makes sure it can keep up its usual cadence, with an iPhone launch around September and a release a week or two later.
It probably doesn’t hurt that, according to leaks, this will be an easy year for iPhone production, due to limited changes between models. There are apparently only two sizes: the 14 and 14 Pro are said to have 6.1-inch screens, while the 14 Max and 14 Pro Max are supposed to have 6.7-inch screens, and, if all the rumors are to be believed, the no -Pro devices even get the same chipset as iPhone 13 devices.
Between the limited changes and the early start of production, we don’t expect the iPhone 14 series to see a launch delay towards the end of the year.