The iPhone 14 series is one of the most decent mobile phones in the market at the moment. Despite several production issues that the series is facing, its sales are still pretty good. Apple however has a higher target and the company wants to make full use of the festive period. The Christmas sale is usually a good market for Apple. For this reason, the company is activating some discounts. The Chinese e-commerce platform, JD.com starts its 12.12 sales carnival today. According to the discount poster, potential buyers of the iPhone 14 can get up to 700 yuan ($100) in discount. In addition, users can also buy one-year AppleCare+ for only one cent. Furthermore, A+ members can enjoy 89 yuan ($13) to get fast charging+ 1 Year of AppleCare.
After receiving the 700 yuan ($100) coupon, the iPhone 14 starts as low as 5299 yuan ($760), and AppleCare+ can be purchased for 1 cent. Apple fans can also try to get the “local consumption coupons” of their own cities. They can add these city-based coupons to the general coupon to get a very good deal. Also, there is an instant discount of 500 yuan ($72) for iPhone 14 Plus orders. Users of this device can also buy the AppleCare+ for 99 yuan ($14). A+ members who purchase iPhone 14 series can enjoy 89 yuan ($13) fast charging + free 1-year AppleCare+.
In addition to the iPhone 14 series, the iPhone 13 also has a large coupon. The iPhone 13 can get a discount of as much as 400 yuan ($57). After the coupon, the price of this device reduces to 4899 yuan ($703) and users can also get the AppleCare+ for one cent. To get access to the main event page at JD.com, click here.
iPhone 14 Pro/Max supply remains severely constrained ahead of the US Christmas holiday
As the US Christmas holiday draws closer, the supply of Apple’s iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max models remains severely constrained. Looking at the current situation in the production of these models. it is unlikely that Apple will be able to meet the US holiday demand. However, Apple does not seem to be facing the same problem with other devices. Other devices like iPads, Macs, AirPods, and even the low-end iPhones (iPhone 14 and 14 Plus) will fully meet the demand of its customers for the holidays.
The major reason for the shortage is the issues that the company is facing in one of its Foxconn factories in China. This factory is dedicated to the production of the iPhone 14 Pro series. It is the largest iPhone production factory globally. However, due to high demands, Apple is demanding so much from Foxconn. In order for Foxconn to meet the demand, it had to recruit almost 100,000 factory workers. It promised most of these workers high pay, a promise that it didn’t keep. For this reason and many others, there were widespread riots in the factory.
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This situation is severely affecting the iPhone 14 Pro series supply. Apple said in early November, “We expect shipments of iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max to be lower than previously expected…”. The company also claims that buyers of this device will have to wait for longer times to receive their new product.
iPhone 14 Pro series is yet to recover
With the holidays getting closer, iPhone 14 Pro supply doesn’t appear to have fully recovered. A month ago, the waiting time for delivery of high-end iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max models was about 6 weeks. At the moment, buyers of this device will have to wait for three weeks to get their new mobile phone. While the situation appears to be improving slightly, the three weeks wait time no longer allows customers to get their hands on the iPhone 14 Pro before the holidays.
While the iPhone 14 Pro couldn’t be ordered and obtained before the holidays, the rest of Apple’s lineup remains well-stocked. For example, the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus are estimated to arrive in customers’ hands within days. According to Apple’s online store, the AirPods 3 and AirPods Pro 2, the new iPad 10, certain Macs, the Apple Watch and the HomePod mini all need just a few days to arrive in the user’s hand.
iPhone 14 Pro / Max will resume full production in late December this year or early January next year
According to Reuters, Apple’s partner, Hon Hai Foxconn expects its main iPhone factory to resume full production around the end of December or early January. According to the progress of the situation, it currently takes about 3 to 4 weeks to resume production. The company claims that with a little more time, it will return back to its regular production capacity.
Foxconn assembles about 70% of the iPhones Apple sells. However, after the unfortunate situation, production have have fallen by almost 30%. At the moment, Foxconn’s iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max models are severely affected.
Apple is struggling to maintain supply, with iPhone 14 Pro models currently facing at least four-week delays in shipments from Apple’s online store in the US. However, buyers of this device in China will face almost 5 weeks of waiting before the device arrives.
In the 13th week after the release of the iPhone 14 series, analyst reports reveal that the global delivery time is reducing. It drops from 35 days initially to 29 days. However, people who will buy the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus, there will only have to wait for three days to get the device in their hands. The shortened global delivery time of the iPhone 14 Pro series means that delivery times in major markets around the world have also improved significantly. However, Apple is optimistic that things will get better soon.
It is time Apple seriously consider relocating the production of its top iPhones out of China. With the growing salient tension between the US and China, Apple should use its tongue to count its teeth.