After several weeks of COVID lockdowns, violent protests also broke out in the world’s largest iPhone factory last week, which heavily impacted the production of the iPhone 14 Pro (approx. 1,299 euros on Amazon) and the iPhone 14 Pro Max. According to the latest information from the analyst Ming Chi Kuo Apple should therefore only produce a total of 70 to 75 million iPhone 14 series smartphones in 2022.
The original production target of 95 million iPhone 14 will be missed by far. According to Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple may ship 15 to 20 million fewer iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max than planned. This should have a massive impact on Apple’s sales in the fourth quarter of 2022. The analyst assumes that consumers will not just wait and buy an iPhone 14 Pro as soon as it is available again. Instead, demand is expected to collapse in the face of the recession, so the lack of supply could have a significant impact on overall sales of the iPhone 14 series.
Foxconn was only able to operate the largest iPhone factory in Zhengzhou, China, at a capacity utilization of 20 percent in November due to the COVID lockdowns and protests, but the factory is expected to use 30 to 40 percent of its capacity in December. Part of the production has been shifted to Pegatron and Luxshare, but they will not be able to deliver the first iPhone 14 Pro until the end of December at the earliest. Ming-Chi Kuo believes that Apple will make greater efforts to diversify the production of the iPhone 15 series.
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