Apple may delay the launch of the iPhone 14 series! Here’s what the latest leak suggests.
The iPhone 14 launch is just around the corner! Or is it? While several reports and rumours have hinted at the possible launch of the next Apple iPhone lineup on September 13, the latest leak suggests that Apple fans may have to wait longer than expected! This may happen because of the growing China-Taiwan tensions. The problem stems from the visit of Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the US House of Representatives recently, which was objected to by China. But how is it related to the upcoming launch of the iPhone 14?
The chip-maker TSMC is the top supplier for Apple’s iPhone and the company delivers chips in China, where a major segment of the iPhones are assembled. And the on-growing tensions between China and Taiwan have made the Chinese Communist Party come up with new regulations to prohibit any mention of “Taiwan” or “Republic of China” in shipping documents, GSMArena reported. “This in turn means that some, if not all, of the hardware, could be returned back to Taiwan and delay the iPhone 14 production as a result,” the report added.
What makes it even worse is that Pelosi was spotted with Pegatron’s vice chairman and senior TSMC executives during the visit, raising the possibility that this is just the start of a more fierce trade war between China and Taiwan, in which Apple and other US-based businesses will be trapped in the middle. According to the GSMArena report, Apple has asked that all labelling with “Made in Taiwan” or “Republic of China” be removed or replaced.
This comes after Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claimed that for the first time, the company is planning to ship the iPhone 14 from India in addition to China. “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),” Kuo Tweeted. If this is true, then the Apple iPhone will come with the “Made in India” tag for the first time. Besides that, several rumours suggest some quality production issues with the displays and the camera lenses of the iPhone 14 Pro Max.
But when is it expected to launch? It is as yet uncertain.