iPhone 14 Development Reportedly Delayed Due to China Lockdowns; 14 Pro Likely to Sport Always On Display


Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 14 series along with the new AirPods Pro 2 and Apple Watches at an upcoming event in September. However, it has been reported that these plans have taken a hit. A new report has indicated that Apple’s suppliers in China are behind schedule for the development of the iPhone 14 series due to the nationwide Covid lockdown. In related news, the iPhone 14 Pro has been geared to an upgraded ProMotion display panel, which may be able to support the Always On Display feature.

According to a report by Nikkei Asia, Apple has asked iPhone 14 series suppliers in China to speed up development in order to stick to the manufacturing schedule. Foxconn and Pegatron are said to be the main suppliers for the upcoming iPhone lineup. It is also assumed that Luxshare Precision has secured some orders to supply two iPhone 14 series models. The report claims that these manufacturers are being negatively affected by the delay in reopening factories in China, especially in and around Shanghai, due to the Covid lockdown. If this delay disrupts the manufacturing schedule, Apple is expected to lose up to $8 billion (about Rs 62,097 crore) in revenue.

Normally, all new iPhone models are said to reach the Engineering Verification Test (EVT) stage by June. The report claims that at least one of the iPhone 14 series models is at least three weeks behind. Apple expected it to go into production by late August or early September. However, the entire supply chain in China is still recovering from the effects of the shutdowns.

In related news, CEO Supply Chain Consultant (DSCC) Ross Young introduced claimed In a tweet stating that the iPhone 14 Pro will likely feature an upgraded ProMotion display panel, which is said to drop to a 1Hz refresh rate. This may allow this phone to support Always On Display and extend battery life. In contrast, the ProMotion display in the iPhone 13 Pro lineup supports refresh rates between 10Hz and 120Hz.




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