Apple’s suppliers are gearing up for the production of the upcoming iPhone 14 Pro. According to a new report, the design for the smartphone has been finalized and Apple manufacturing partner Foxconn has begun manufacturing trials.
iPhone 14 Pro models will be made by Foxconn this year, while standard models will be produced by Luxshare
While Foxconn’s trials of the Pro variant have begun, a new report from the Taiwan Economic Times suggests that Luxshare has entered the “early stage of receiving orders” for the standard iPhone 14. If no issues are discovered following the trial manufacturing period, Luxshare will enter the mass production stage. From the report (machine translated):
Apple iPhone 14 has recently entered the OEM trial production operation. It is reported that the red supply chain indicator factory Luxshare has not yet obtained the new product trial production import mass production service order (NPI), and will miss the OEM with the best sales, high unit price and higher profit. For the high-end iPhone 14, this year, it may only get orders for the basic iPhone 14 and become the second supplier.
After the trial production begins, the foundry must collect data, correct abnormalities, evaluate the production process and products that need to be improved, and evaluate whether the trial-produced products are acceptable. Mass production, therefore, NPI can be regarded as the early stage of receiving orders and entering mass production.
As the production service order is a good indicator of future orders from the Cupertino tech giant, it is likely that Luxshare will not be involved in the assembly for iPhone 14 Pro. Instead, it will only be focused on the standard model.
Apple is expected to release four iPhone 14 models this year, including two 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch standard models and two 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch Pro models. Other rumors about the upcoming lineup include the devices featuring a hole + pill design, 8GB RAM for the Pro models, a 48-megapixel camera, and 8K video capture. The 2022 iPhone lineup will also get rid of the camera bumps, feature a new A16 Bionic chip, heavier titanium casing, and a 2TB storage variant.