We live in an age where confidence and reliability can be hard to come by, so it’s reassuring to know there is something we can (probably) be sure of later in the year: to be able to get hold of an iPhone 14 once the phone boots up.
As Bloomberg (opens in a new tab)Apple is asking supply chain partners to produce at least 90 million units of its flagship 2022 smartphone, which is in line with previous years. In other words, the company is not slowing down when it comes to iPhone production.
It has been speculated throughout the year that the ongoing pandemic could mean the iPhone 14 models will be in shortages due to locks and other domino effects – but that seems to be no longer the case.
Lots of iPhones
According to Bloomberg sources, Apple is confident that its fans’ purchasing power and the popularity of the iPhone compared to its competitors will be enough to keep demand high – hence the order for tens of millions of phones.
Overall, with the iPhone 13 and iPhone SE 2022 as well, the company is clearly on track to produce 220 million iPhones during this year. It’s about the same as last year.
Provided there are no bumps on the road, we should see four variations of the iPhone 14 coming this September. In February, we received information that production on the phone is already underway.
Analysis: Will the iPhone 14 Offer You Enough?
Demand for the iPhone has remained strong even during turbulent economic times, and even when the new smartphone models do not offer as many differences from the models they intend to replace.
The indications are that the iPhone 14 will be another gradual upgrade, although a new model will be on display: the larger iPhone 14 Max is expected to replace the iPhone 13 mini, and sales of a more compact phone will not be as strong as the others.
We’ve seen rumors that the Pro models may ditch the notch this time, but there’s a good chance the notch will last for at least the next generation. The iPhone 14 will also have ports, despite a move towards a sport-less design.
More than one source said non-pro iPhone 14 models will stick to the A15 Bionic processor found in the iPhone 13 headphones – so don’t expect a huge performance boost from Apple’s flagship devices this time around.