Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo tweets that the iPhone 14 will be manufactured almost simultaneously in China and India. This is part of the tech giant’s efforts to diversify its production partners.
This is from his tweet: My latest survey indicates Foxconn’s iPhone production site in India will ship the new 6.1″ iPhone 14 almost simultaneously with China for the first time in 2H22 (India being one quarter or more behind in the past).
In the short term, India’s iPhone capacities/shipments still have a considerable gap with China, but it’s an important milestone for Apple in building a non-Chinese iPhone production site.
It implies that Apple is trying to reduce the geopolitical impacts on supply and sees the Indian market as the next key growth driver.
The iPhone 14 line-up is expected to debut in September or October. Among the rumors about the smartphone update:
° Apple will use different grades of OLED panels (made by Samsung Display) between the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro.
° The iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max will both pack 6GB of RAM and a newer and faster type of memory.
° Some models may cost US$100 more than their iPhone 13 counterparts.
Apple make its latest A16 processor exclusive to the Pro models in the iPhone 14 lineup.
° At least some of the models will be eSIM-only.
° The iPhone 14 Pro will contain 8GB of RAM.
° Some will sport 120GHz displays.
° The iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max models will have a hole + pill design.
° The top two models have also have OLED screens.
° They will support the Wi-Fi 6E standard.
° Black, white, blue, red and purple will be the color options for the iPhone 14, while graphite, gold, silver and purple will be available on the iPhone 14 Pro.
° There will be a new purple colorway for both iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro that shifts in tone depending on the lighting.
° The base model of the iPhone 14 base model will start at US$799, the same entry price as last year’s 6.1-inch iPhone 13.