New Delhi: It is possible that Apple will not be able to release all the four iPhone models in September this year. According to Nikkei Asia, at least one iPhone to be released this year has been “behind schedule” due to China’s harsh, month-long lockdown aimed at controlling the spread of COVID-19. According to the report, Apple has already asked suppliers to speed up the development process to compensate for the time lost due to the lockdown. In a worst-case scenario, the delay could have an impact on the manufacturing schedule and initial sales numbers for the next iPhone.
So, how does this affect consumers? If suppliers bend over and produce enough, Apple will release the new iPhone 14 series on time. However, if suppliers are unable to meet the deadline, Apple may be forced to reschedule its October launch event. The Cupertino-based tech company had already said that the Chinese lockdown will affect the current iPhone models.
According to 91Mobiles, the development delay is due to engineering validation testing, which is done after the parts and processes needed to build an iPhone are finalized just before production begins. Vendors will have to finish engineering validation tests by the end of June in order to deliver all four of Apple’s iPhone models in September this year, which currently appears difficult. According to reports, the iPhone 14 Max is three weeks behind its schedule.
Looking at the current situation, a separate launch event for the iPhone 14 Max, the delayed model, seems to be a distinct possibility. Apple can’t cancel the full iPhone 14 announcement event, which traditionally takes place in September. However, this is only speculation, and readers should remember that Apple has not acknowledged the delay in manufacturing iPhone models. Ian Zibo and well-known tipster John Prosser recently shared renders of the iPhone 14 Pro.
At first glance the renders look gorgeous. They show the rumored iPhone 14 Pro in a rich color scheme. Furthermore, the models confirm earlier rumors and leaks about Apple including a pill-shaped notch on the front panel. The power button is visible on the right panel of the iPhone 14 Pro, similar to the current model.