iPhone 14 is on track for early fall launch


New renders show iPhone 14 in all its purported purple glory
iPhone 14 is moving ahead
Concept: Jon Prosser/Ian Zelbo

The iPhone 14 is reportedly already in the test production phase. That puts Apple’s next-gen smartphone on schedule to launch in September, as expected.

But, in a separate report, an industry analyst warns that one version of the 2022 iPhone may be in short supply when it launches.

iPhone 14 production is on schedule

Of course, Apple hasn’t announced the iPhone 14 yet. However, numerous leaks already revealed many of the details about what to expect. And Cupertino has a long-held habit of unveiling successive iPhone generations each September.

The company is apparently on track to do so again, despite COVID-19-related problems that continue to negatively affect global supply chains. “Apple has begun to test production of the iPhone 14 and plans to mass-produce it in August,” reports ITHome in a machine translation.

This only refers to final assembly. The components that will make up Apple’s next handset have been made in factories around the world over the past months.

Assembly will be done by Foxconn. Pegatron and Luxshare also likely will get some of the work.

iPhone 14 Max may be in short supply

Among the many details of Apple’s next handset that have previously leaked out is that the 5.4-inch iPhone mini has been replaced with a 6.7-inch iPhone Max. (Or it could be called the iPhone Plus.) But Apple reportedly has been having problems sourcing sufficient screens for this model.

Analyst Ross Young said on Tuesday via Twitter that, “iPhone 14 Max panel shipments still way behind through August.” An unconfirmed report from May also warned that the non-Pro iPhone Max may be in short supply when it debuts.


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