According to a new report by Nikkei Asia, Apple’s iPhone 14 Max might need to have a delayed arrival. As per the report, the delay is due to the production of the smartphone falling behind schedule. The iPhone 14 Max is assembled in China, and the month-long Covid-19 lockdowns have contributed to the possibility of the delay.
As per the report, to make up for the lost time, Apple has sent instructions to the suppliers to accelerate the production of these new iPhone models. In late March 2022, certain regions of Shanghai had to go under lockdown. By now, the restrictions have begun easing off. However, the supply chain disruption remains as it was.
As suggested by a report from the last week, the ongoing Covid-19 lockdowns in China may end up having a significant impact on the Cupertino tech giant’s revenue for the April-June quarter. Approximately $8 billion loss in sales is estimated, with the Shanghai lockdown being a prime cause.
According to the report, all four models of the upcoming iPhone 14 are currently in the EVT stage, or the engineering verification test stage. In the EVT stage, suppliers finalize all parts and processes prior to beginning the mass production of the new iPhones. Additionally, they also calculate the manufacturing costs during the EVT stage. However, due to the restrictions imposed by the lockdowns in Shanghai, one of the models has been reported to be approximately three weeks behind schedule. As per claims made by Apple analyst Jeff Pu, this delayed model is the iPhone 14 Max.