We live in times where certainty and reliability can be hard to come by, so it’s comforting to know that there’s something we can (probably) be sure of at the end of the year: being able to get an iPhone 14 when the phone launches.
According Bloomberg (opens in 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.
There has been speculation throughout the year that the ongoing pandemic could mean iPhone 14 models would be in short supply due to lockdowns and other knock-on effects – but that no longer appears to be the case.
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According to Bloomberg sources, Apple is confident that the purchasing power of its fans and the popularity of the iPhone over competitors will be enough to keep demand high – hence the order of tens of millions of devices.
In total, with the iPhone 13 and iPhone SE 2022 also included, the company is apparently on track to make 220 million iPhones over the course of this year. This is more or less in line with last year as well.
As long as there are no bumps along the road, we should see four variations of the iPhone 14 appear this September. In February, we received a report that production on the phone was already underway.
Analysis: Will the iPhone 14 offer enough?
Demand for the iPhone has remained strong even in turbulent economic times, and even when new smartphone models haven’t offered that much of a difference compared to the models that are coming to replace them.
Signs are that the iPhone 14 will be another incremental update, although there is a new model on display: the larger iPhone 14 Max is expected to replace the iPhone 13 mini, with sales of the more compact phone not as strong as the others.
We’ve seen rumors that the Pro models could be ditching the notch this time around, but there’s a good chance the notch will stick around for at least another generation. The iPhone 14 will also have ports, despite moves towards a portless design.
More than one source has said that the non-Pro iPhone 14 models will stick with the A15 Bionic processor that sits inside the iPhone 13 handsets – so don’t expect a massive performance upgrade from Apple’s flagship devices this time around.