Numerous reports have been coming out about the iPhone 14 Pro models seeing higher demand than the standard models in the new lineup. Now, it is being reported that Apple has asked its main iPhone supplier Foxconn to scale back production of the iPhone 14.
iPhone 14 Pro production is being ramped up due to high demand
After the iPhone 14 lineup was released, TF Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo shared its order breakdown. This was the order breakdown at the time.
- iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max: 85%
- iPhone 14: around 10%
- iPhone 14 Plus: less than 5%
Then, a few days ago, Kuo revealed that Apple asked Foxconn to increase production of the Pro models by 10%. Given the significant gap between this year’s standard and Pro iPhones, it seems natural that the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max are in higher demand. Orders for the standard iPhone 14 are stable, but nothing too impressive. The larger 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Plus is not scheduled to launch until October 7.
Now, a new report from ITHome, reveals that Apple has asked Foxconn to dismantle five production lines that were being used to manufacture the standard iPhone 14 in Zhengzhou, China. At this point, we do not know if the production lines were only being used for the standard 6.1-inch iPhone 14 or the 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Plus.
Adding on to this, 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.
Lead times for the higher-end models are also up to six weeks. They are expected to increase further in November as the forthcoming holiday season inches closer.
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.