As Apple prepares to release the next-gen iPhones, a new report claims that the upcoming iPhone 14 will be delayed due to rising tensions between China and Taiwan.
iPhone 14 release could be delayed after Pelosi visit to Taiwan
TSMC’s top customer, according to GSMArena, is Apple, and the company ships chips to Pegatron in China, where iPhones are assembled. And US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan has strained the China-Taiwan relationship even further.
As a result, the CCP has issued new regulations prohibiting the use of the words “Taiwan” or “Republic of China” in shipping documents.
As a result, some, if not all, of the hardware may be returned to Taiwan, delaying the production of the iPhone 14, according to the report.
Also, Pegatron’s Vice Chairman and top executives from TSMC were seen with Pelosi during the visit, suggesting that this could be the start of a more ferocious trade war between the CCP and Taiwan, with Apple and other US-based companies caught in the crossfire.
Apple is already in discussions with its Taiwanese partners, and has requested that all labels stating “Made in Taiwan” or “Republic of China” be removed or replaced.
iPhone production in India
According to a recent report, Apple intends to ship the iPhone 14 from factories in China and India at the same time.
Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo stated on the microblogging site Twitter that his latest survey indicates Foxconn’s iPhone production site in India will ship the new 6.1-inch iPhone 14 almost simultaneously with China for the first time in the second half of 2022. (India being one quarter or more behind in the past).
The iPhone 14 model will most likely be joined by the iPhone 14 Pro, iPhone 14 Max, and the 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Pro Max in this year’s lineup.