Apple expands supplier list ahead of iPhone 14 launch

Apple is preparing to start mass production of the iPhone 14 range in the coming weeks as the new devices are expected to be officially announced this fall. However, as the company is facing supply issues, Apple is now expanding its list of suppliers for upcoming iPhone 14 models.

According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo on TwitterSG Micro components have been certified for quality for the high-end iPhone 14 models. As a result, the Chinese integrated circuit specialist has joined the list of Apple suppliers that will supply components for the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max.

Apple will use the SG Micro power management integrated circuits (which manage the battery and level shifter) in this year’s iPhones. Kuo noted that this is the first time that SG Micro provides components for Apple’s high-end products, which will not only help the Chinese company increase its revenue, but also have a positive impact on iPhone 14 shipments.

The analyst also says the deal with SG Micro means the technical capabilities of its chips have “reached a level one”, which is needed for components used by more expensive high-end electronics. Earlier this year, Apple also partnered with new suppliers of custom camera components for the iPhone 14 Pro.

Could iPhone 14 shipments experience delays?

Back in May, a Nikki Asia The report revealed that iPhone 14 production has been delayed by three weeks due to the COVID-19 lockdown in China. These reports were confirmed by analyst Jeff Bowe, who revealed that the iPhone 14 Max (the new 6.7-inch mid-range model expected to replace the iPhone mini) was the most affected by the delays.

More recently, Kuo also said that Apple will face supply issues with the mass production of the iPhone 14. However, the analyst believes that these issues will have a “limited impact” on shipments of new phones. This is because Apple orders millions of components before the official launch of new products, which gives the company time to produce a large amount of units.

However, with the constant shortage of chips, iPhone 14 availability may be very limited at launch. Most recently, shipping estimates for the new M2 MacBook Air slipped back to late August shortly after the new laptop hit stores last week. Other products like the iPad are also having supply issues.

Apple is expected to introduce four new iPhone 14 models in September, although major upgrades like the new screen design should be exclusive to the new Pro models.

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