China’s zero-Covid policy and massive employee unrest at Foxconn in Zhengzhou, Apple’s supplier for the iPhone, caused long delivery times for some iPhone 14 smartphone models. It took weeks for the Foxconn factory to get back to normal for iPhone 14 series production. Meanwhile Foxconn exchanged the production manager for the iPhone production and works again with full force. In particular, the delivery situation for the iPhone 14 Pro is improving.
The race to catch up in the production of the iPhone 14 Pro at Apple’s contract manufacturer Foxconn is apparently bearing fruit. As the analysts from JP Morgan report, supply and demand for the iPhone 14 Pro is comparatively balanced again. While Apple was still faced with an estimated shortage of 15 to 20 million missing units for the iPhone 14 Pro before the Chinese holidays, the delivery times for the iPhone 14 models worldwide have now leveled off at less than 1 week.
Apple customers now only have to accept short delivery times for all four iPhone 14 smartphones, according to the company US reports it’s only about 4 days on average. In the USA, for example, delivery takes around 5 days, in China and Europe the delivery times for the iPhone 14 phones are even shorter at around 3 days. In addition, many mobile phone models from the iPhone 14 series can also be picked up in the store.
Despite the good news from Foxconn, Apple should continue to be very excited about China and especially the “iPhone City” Zhengzhou. The Foxconn plant there is currently the only production facility where Apple’s iPhone Pro models roll off the assembly line. Apple is now also having other iPhone versions, such as the iPhone 14, produced in India. However, only 5 percent of the total volume of the iPhone series is currently manufactured in India. Apple plans to increase this share to 25 percent by 2025.
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