iPhone 14 Pro And the 14 Pro Max are big hits. Obviously the folks at the 48MP Camera and Dynamic Island. Compared with the iPhone 14 and 14 Plusthe demand for the iPhone 14 Pros They were restricted “from the start,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said during the company’s fourth quarter of 2022 earnings call.
“We were restricted to the 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max and are still restricted today,” Cook said. “So we are working hard to meet the demand.”
As the world recovers from the pandemic, of course, supply constraints – such as Big GPU shortage – It should be less of a problem, right? It is complicated.
Where are iPhones made?
To understand why the iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max are stock-supported, you need to know a little about where they were made: China. Foxconn, the manufacturer that Apple contracts with to build iPhones and other devices, plays a major role in why iPhone 14 Pros delivery times are currently estimated to be between one to two months. While Foxconn is a Taiwan-based company, its operations and factories are largely located in China due to the country’s access to more workers and cheaper labor.
Usually, when the show is “normal,” it can take anywhere from a week to a few weeks for the new iPhone to arrive at your door. But if you care about international affairs, you will know that China has been intolerant of the Covid-19 outbreak. That is, despite mass vaccination, China has a so-called “zero Covid” policy, in which entire cities and workplaces such as Foxconn can be closed until there are no cases of Covid-19. It is the kind of miserable regime that only an authoritarian state can spring from. A stark contrast to the Western world where people are living with Covid-19 like the flu rather than trying to eradicate it completely.
Blame it on Covid-19
In three years, aside from mentioning Covid-19 delays during earnings calls, Apple has never issued a press release discussing supply restrictions for its products, certainly not one that seems almost apologetic to customers. On Sunday, November 6, Apple pushed an “Update on the supply of iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max” via it newsroom website:
The COVID-19 restrictions temporarily affected the primary iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max assembly facility located in Zhengzhou, China. The facility is currently operating at significantly reduced capacity. As we have done throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we are prioritizing the health and safety of workers in our supply chain.
We continue to see strong demand for the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max models. However, we now expect iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max shipments to be lower than we previously expected and customers will experience longer wait times to receive their new products.
We work closely with our suppliers to return to normal production levels while ensuring the health and safety of every worker.
Chinese authorities in Zhengzhou on Wednesday (November 2) shut down the world’s largest iPhone assembly site, operated by Taiwan’s Foxconn, in response to a localized COVID outbreak.
Obviously, having to wait longer to get the iPhone 14 Pro or 14 Pro Max is a first-world problem. But with the holidays approaching, it’s worth getting everyone’s attention, especially if the iPhone 14 Pro is on any gift lists. Our tip: Shop early or you risk your iPhone 14 Pro / 14 Pro Max not arriving in time.
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