Apple faces turmoil due to protests by workers at the Chinese facilities of its partner and iPhone contract maker Foxconn, but the situation has improved as lead times for iPhone 14 Pro orders have improved slightly outside of China. slightly improved, the media reported. This means that some prospective buyers of the iPhone 14 Pro line will be lucky enough to get their hands on a model this year ahead of the holiday season.
Lead times for iPhone 14 Pro models have been shortened in most regions outside of China.
But ongoing Covid-19-related labor issues at a major iPhone factory in China remain a problem, says an Apple Insider report. The report added that supply and delivery lead times for the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max improved slightly.
According to an Apple Insider report, Week 12 of the JP Morgan Apple Product Availability Tracker saw mixed results across all major iPhone 14 models. Globally, lead times for iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus increased from 2 days to 3 days in Week 11, and lead times for iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max models decreased from 41 days a week to an average of 35 days a week. rice field. Previous.
Shorter lead times for Pro models are seen as “encouraging trends related to supply improvements,” the report added, citing JP Morgan trackers.
This comes amid reports of zero Covid restrictions in China affecting production of the iPhone 14, the cheapest in the iPhone 14 lineup. Apple will miss 16 million units this year’s forecast after weak demand for its iPhone models, according to a report last week.
According to a Bloomberg report, UBS analysts have lowered their forecast for total iPhone 14 production to 76 million from 92 million in the second half of 2022 (H2). This is down 20% from last year. Analysts said the manufacturing disruption facing iPhone contract manufacturer Foxconn, also known as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., and weakening demand for his iPhone 14 model at the low end. We believe both are responsible for the drop in expectations.