It can be difficult to get your hands on an iPhone 14 Pro or iPhone 14 Pro Max this Christmas as reports of manufacturing issues could lead to severe shortages.
According to a respected Apple analyst Ming-Chi KuoApple will ship 15-20 million iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max phones less than expected in the last quarter of the year.
This is a direct result of protests by workers at the Hon Hai/Foxconn iPhone factory in Zhengzhou, China against Covid restrictive policies. Factory workers were reportedly forced to live on site to contain the virus outbreak.
The resulting protests appear to have severely disrupted Apple’s production plans, resulting in a 20% shortage of available devices over the holiday period. Although efforts are being made to outsource production to cover the shortfall, shipments for the December period “were still significantly lower than expected” as a result.
Bulk shipments may not begin until late December, which will obviously put an end to many (admittedly rather extravagant) Christmas gifting plans.
This will hit Apple’s fourth-quarter revenue hard given the high price (and therefore high profitability) of the iPhone 14 Pro line. Kuo believes that the fall could be between 20 and 30%.
As you may have noticed, if you’ve recently bought one of Apple’s premium smartphones, it’s already pretty hard to get your hands on an iPhone 14 Pro or iPhone 14 Pro Max. Walking through the checkout process for the iPhone 14 Pro at Apple’s online store today showed an estimated delivery date of January 4th.
Earlier in November, Apple warned customers that they needed to order their iPhone 14 Pro right away if they wanted to receive it by Christmas amid continued shortages. Of course, now it seems that you will be waiting until the new year for the best Apple smartphone.