The larger 6.7-inch standard iPhone 14, named the iPhone 14 Plus, is set to launch towards the end of this week on October 7. Ahead of the device’s official launch, it is starting to experience delays in shipping for all colors and storage configurations.
Demand for iPhone 14 Plus seemingly starting to grow
If you order the iPhone 14 Plus in the United States right now, you will receive it between October 11 and October 13. The device is available in 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB storage capacities and comes in five colorways: Blue, Purple, Midnight, Starlight, and PRODUCT(RED).
Pre-orders for the iPhone 14 lineup were opened on September 9. While the rest of the models in the lineup have been released, the larger iPhone 14 variant was delayed into October.
Back when pre-orders for the lineup opened, the iPhone 14 and the iPhone 14 Plus saw “lackluster demand,” according to TF Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. The analyst also revealed at the time that the standard iPhone 14 models saw worse pre-order results than iPhone 13 mini and third-generation iPhone SE.
Demand for the standard iPhone 14 models has been so low that Apple asked its main iPhone supplier Foxconn to dismantle five production lines that were being used to manufacture them in Zhengzhou, China. The move will allow Foxconn to prioritize production of the iPhone 14 Pro.
In addition, It was recently revealed that the iPhone 14 Pro models are now expected to account for 60–65% of the total iPhone 14 shipments in the second half of this year. Out of the two, the Pro Max will account for 30–35% of the total shipments.
This year’s Pro models feature a new display cutout called the Dynamic Island, the A16 Bionic chip, a 48MP camera system, and more. The display of this year’s Pro models is also 120Hz and supports an always-on display functionality. On the other hand, the standard models feature the same design from last year as well as the same A15 Bionic chip that was used in the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max.