Apple’s year-end sales could be heavily impacted by the low supply of the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max models. The production of these models has been seriously affected by problems at Foxconn, Apple’s main factory in China.
Foxconn, a brand partner of Apple, is responsible for the production of the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max. According to Reuters, Foxconn expects its main iPhone factory to resume full production in late December or early January.
Production of iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max affected
Foxconn assembles about 70% of the iPhones Apple sells, but production may have dropped by 30% due to supply interruptions. Currently, Foxconn’s iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max models are severely affected.
Apple is struggling to maintain stock, with iPhone 14 Pro models currently experiencing delays in shipping from Apple’s online store in the US by at least four weeks. Online stores in China are also experiencing a delivery delay of 4 to 5 weeks.
Foxconn Factory Struggles With Pandemic
Analyst reports show that in the 13th week after the release of the iPhone 14 series, the global delivery time of the iPhone 14 Pro series has been reduced from 35 days in the previous week to 29 days. However, the shipping time of the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus remains 3 days.
These models are not as popular as the Pro models. The shortened global delivery time of the iPhone 14 Pro series means that delivery times in key markets around the world have improved significantly.
Improving the production capacity of the iPhone 14 Pro series
The pandemic is still affecting Apple and production of the iPhone 14 Pro series has yet to return to normal levels. As a result, deliveries of the new Pro iPhones are delayed. The delivery time of the iPhone 14 Pro series is also longer than with previous generations.
Analysts are now looking at iPhone production capacity on a week-by-week basis. Compared to last week, analysts say that the production capacity of the iPhone 14 Pro series is better.
In the US market, the delivery time of the Pro series has been reduced to 25 days, an improvement on last week’s 33 days. In the Chinese market, last week’s delivery time was 43 days, but this week it has been reduced to 39 days.
On the German market, the delivery time of the new Pro iPhones was 32 days last week, but this week it has been shortened to 25 days. The situation is the same in the UK market, where the original delivery time last week was 33 days, but this week the delivery time for the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max is 27 days.
In the above four major markets, the delivery time of the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus is shorter. The sales of the lower models of the iPhone 14 series are also more stable than those of the Pro series. The US market is stable at 4 days and the Chinese market is down from 2 days to 1 day.
The UK market is going down from 4 days to 3 days. The analyst said in the report that compared to the iPhone 13 series in the same period, the delivery time of the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus is basically the same. However, the delivery time of the latest iPhone Pro series is longer.
iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max inventory will be reduced by 6 million units this year
The current delivery time is still longer than before the Foxconn factory had pandemic problems, and the new iPhone production has yet to reach its normal normal level. In November, there were reports that production of the Pro Series would drop by 6 million units this year. This number may increase if the pandemic continues to affect production.