Apple admits that the iPhone 14 has issues

Apple confirms that iPhone 14 Pro/Pro Max models are still in short supply. Production at Foxconn’s assembly plant in Zhengzhou, China, had been reduced due to Covid-19. Foxconn has switched to a ‘closed-loop’ production process, limiting workers’ contact with the outside world.

The Covid-19 outbreak at a large Chinese factory resulted in a significant decrease in iPhone 14 Pro/Pro Max production.

Apple admits that the iPhone 14 has issues
Apple admits that the iPhone 14 has issues

Apple confirms that iPhone 14 Pro/Pro Max models are still in short supply.

After much speculation, Apple confirmed on its own that production at Foxconn’s assembly plant in Zhengzhou (Zhengzhou), China, had been reduced due to Covid-19. This is the factory in charge of the majority of iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max shipments.

Numerous reports have surfaced since the end of October indicating that Foxconn’s Zhengzhou factory is being affected by the Covid-19 outbreak. Apple acknowledged problems at its assembly plant on its home page.

“The main iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max assembly plant in Zhengzhou, China, has been temporarily impacted by Covid-19 restrictions. The factory is now operating at a much lower capacity “Apple used to rarely post-production confirmation on the company’s homepage.

The iPhone 14 Pro/Pro Max is primarily manufactured at the Foxconn factory in Zhengzhou.

Apple stated that it continues to see “strong demand for the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max models.” “However, we now anticipate that shipments of the iPhone 14 Pro/Pro Max will be lower than previously estimated. Customers will have to wait longer for new products to arrive “Apple stated.

Apple’s admission of the production problem was an unexpected and rare move on many levels. Companies do not usually respond to every rumor or report about their suppliers or assembly partners. Apple typically makes media comments through individuals rather than making specific announcements.

Apple admits that the iPhone 14 has issues
Apple’s Factory in China – Foxconn

There were reports that some employees attempted to flee Foxconn’s Zhengzhou factory amid reports of an illness outbreak. The words on Apple’s homepage confirm the gravity of the situation.

Foxconn has switched to a “closed-loop” production process since the outbreak, limiting workers’ contact with the outside world. Other measures, such as closing canteens and requiring workers to eat in dormitories, were also implemented to reduce disease spread.

According to Apple Insider sources, food and other necessities are in short supply. As a result, employees sought to leave the factory. Foxconn then made some changes to address this issue.

In October, the Covid-19 outbreak hit Foxconn’s Zhengzhou factory in southern China, forcing the company to change its production plans. According to Tianfeng Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the problem in Zhengzhou could reduce global iPhone production capacity by 10% because the factory is heavily responsible for assembly.

Apple is negotiating with other partners, including Pegatron and Luxshare Precision, to transfer the iPhone 14 Pro/Pro Max production line, according to multiple sources. These two companies are in charge of the iPhone 14 and 14 Plus models. Luxshare Precision, according to Apple Insider, will begin assembling the iPhone 14 Pro as early as the first quarter of 2023.

The third batch of iPhone 14 Pro/Pro Max shipments continues to be delayed in some countries, and the number of devices available to users remains limited. Many customers have deposited nearly a month’s worth of money and have yet to receive the goods. The purple iPhone 14 Pro Max, in particular, has the highest scarcity of 128-256 GB.


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