A new report is good news for the release date of the iPhone 14.
Even though Apple is having supply problems, it shouldn’t have too much of an effect.
If the early rumors turn out to be true, the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro might come out in less than two months. We’re almost there, and more information is coming out about which companies make which parts for the new iPhone lineup.
Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo told 9to5Mac(opens in new tab) that the bad news is that Apple’s partners are having trouble getting supplies. The good news is that these problems shouldn’t delay the release of the iPhone 14.
In a series of tweets by Kuo(opens in new tab), he says that “I’ve learned that recently some iPhone 14 panel and memory suppliers have experienced supply issues, but it should have a limited impact on the coming mass production of the iPhone 14 because other suppliers can fill the supply gap.”
I have learned that recently some iPhone 14 panel and memory suppliers have experienced supply issues, but it should have a limited impact on the coming mass production of the iPhone 14 because other suppliers can fill the supply gap.
— 郭明錤 (Ming-Chi Kuo) (@mingchikuo) July 19, 2022
From here on out, things get more complicated, but Kuo says that for Q3 2022, Samsung is the “sole supplier” of LPDDR5 RAM. Due to certification schedules and quality issues, both Micron and SK Hynix are expected to start shipping in the fourth quarter.
As for the display, LG Display’s “panel display issues,” which mostly affect the iPhone 14 Max but also the regular iPhone 14, are said to be causing an initial supply gap that Samsung and BOE are filling. Kuo says, though, that LG Display should be able to fix the problem quickly.
What this means for the date the iPhone 14 comes out
Based on what we’ve heard so far, Apple’s Apple September event is likely to happen on September 13, which is a Tuesday and about a week after Labor Day this year. That would mean that you could start preordering the iPhone 14 on September 16, and the actual release date could be September 23.
Even though we’ve heard that the iPhone 14 Max might be late, there’s nothing in this new report to suggest that. This means that all four of the new iPhone models might come out on time.
If you haven’t been paying attention, Apple is expected to release an iPhone 14 with a screen size of 6.1 inches, an iPhone 14 Max or iPhone 14 Plus with a screen size of 6.7 inches, a 6.1-inch iPhone 14 Pro, and a 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Pro. As we’ll see when we compare the iPhone 14 to the iPhone 14 Pro, these four units could have some of the biggest differences we’ve seen in years.
One rumor is that the iPhone 14 Pro series will get rid of the notch in favor of a pill-shaped cutout and a punch hole. Both the iPhone 14 Pro and the iPhone 14 Pro Max are expected to have a new 48MP wide camera that can record 8K video. And it’s possible that the new A16 Bionic chip will only be in the Pro models.
Also, the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max may have a screen that stays on all the time. This should work well with the new lock screen improvements in iOS 16. And we think the 120Hz refresh rate and telephoto zoom will remain Pro-only features.
So, should we be excited about the regular iPhone 14 series? Yes, and part of the reason is that the iPhone Pro models are expected to go up in price by $100. The iPhone 14 and 14 Max would have the same A14 Bionic chip as the iPhone 13, but they would have more RAM and a better front-facing camera with autofocus. But we don’t know much about the other changes.
Make sure to bookmark our hubs for the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro so you can find out about all the latest rumors and leaks as the release date gets closer.