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iPhone 14: Apple would have quality problems, but nothing very serious

iPhone 14: Apple would have quality problems, but nothing very serious

While waiting for the release of the next iPhones this fall, there are more and more rumors about them. And sadly, not all of the news relayed by leak and rumor sources is good.

Another supplier should compensate

But the good news is that this issue is not expected to affect iPhone 14 shipments upon release. Indeed, Apple would only transfer orders placed with the supplier at the origin of this problem to another supplier, Lagran.

“The lens coating issue should be resolved within 1-2 months depending on experience,” the analyst said.

In any case, this is not the first time that Kuo has mentioned problems with the production of the future iPhone 14 series.

“I have learned that some iPhone 14 panel and memory vendors have experienced supply issues recently, but this should have limited impact on the upcoming mass production of the iPhone 14 as other vendors can bridge the supply gap,” the analyst wrote in a tweet posted this July.

In addition, in May, we also relayed sources indicating that because of the confinements in China, the development of the iPhone 14 series would have taken time.

But for the moment, it seems that despite the problems faced by Apple, there are no plans yet to delay the release of the iPhone 14 and its variants.

Lots of new features for the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max?

As a reminder, this year, Apple should release an iPhone 14, an iPhone 14 Max (with a larger screen, instead of the iPhone mini), an iPhone 14 Pro and an iPhone 14 Pro Max. The iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max should concentrate the main new features, namely a screen without notch, a 48 megapixel camera, a more powerful chip, as well as RAM memory which could be larger.

But as usual, since this information does not come from an official source, it should be considered with extreme caution.

iPhone 14 camera issues disrupt Apple’s supply chain

While the majority of the tech community has set their sights on Samsung as the Korean tech giant is set to release its new foldable smartphones in early August, some smartphone enthusiasts are already looking forward to the month. September — especially Apple fans.

Apple is known for its consistency and predictability, which leaves much less room for speculation when it comes to release dates, unlike Android makers. New iPhones will invariably debut in mid-September, period.

However, each year, as September approaches, problems often arise in Apple’s supply chain. The year 2022 is no exception. Last week, we heard reports of issues with two hardware components (memory and panels on the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max), which have since ostensibly been resolved.

This time, the new set of difficulties concerns the camera modules of the next iPhone 14. The rear camera lenses provided by Genius in particular suffer from quality issues, due to a “coating-crack” problem.

According to Kuo, these issues are unlikely to hinder general production. In the short term, another camera supplier, Largan, will step in to fill the void. According to Kuo, it will take Genius “1-2 months” to resolve the issue so that production can continue as usual.

Not predictable

Even in the event that Genius fails to fix the problem, Largan should theoretically be able to handle the supply, Kuo predicts. Generally, the supply chain should remain relatively stable.

This is good news for everyone who is eager to buy the new iPhone 14. Since the demand for Apple’s upcoming smartphones is expected to increase, no one wants to see shortages and delays.

This is why there shouldn’t be an iPhone 14 mini

The Cupertino company is preparing to update the list of its products. If she sticks to her usual schedule, the next generation of iPhone is expected to launch next September. The iPhone 14s have been talked about for quite some time now. And the least we can say is that this trend is not about to fade. Recently we learned that this year, there will be no “mini” iPhone. In other words, the manufacturer could ignore the iPhone 14 mini. So, instead of being made up of five models, the next series would only include four, namely, iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Pro, iPhone 14 Max and iPhone 14 Pro Max.

Lean sales

Indeed, Apple has always marketed a “Mini” variant of the iPhone since the release of the iPhone 12. In 2020, the firm launched the iPhone 12 Mini alongside the other models in the series. Last year, it was the turn of the iPhone 13 Mini to hit the market. Unfortunately, neither of these two iterations really caught on with consumers, as evidenced by the sales figures. According to a report, the iPhone 12 mini only accounted for 6% of the series’ total sales in the first two months of launch. In the process, the standard iPhone 12 totaled a share of 27%, compared to 20% for the iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max respectively.

For its part, the iPhone 13 mini accounted for only 3% of the sales of the iPhone 13 series. What is most intriguing is that like the iPhone 12 mini, the iPhone 13 mini was offered at a low price, at least compared to other models. Their size of less than 6 inches was the main selling point of these products. let’s remember that the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max are expected to have a 6.1-inch diagonal, while the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max will both arrive with a 6.7-inch screen.

It’s the size that matters!

It turns out that despite their attractive prices, the iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 13 mini are struggling to seduce consumers, who prefer to look to previous generation flagships, including the iPhone 11, XR and SE. And for good reason, buyers seem to have a weakness for devices with a large screen. We do tend to associate the size of the slab with the positioning of a product. In other words, the larger a smartphone, the more it is considered a high-end product.

All this reality should encourage Apple to drop the “mini” model of the iPhone. At least this year. After all, with the chip shortage problem that has plagued the smartphone industry for several months, it would be conceivable that the company saves its resources and devotes its efforts to the products that bring in the most money…

Too expensive the iPhone? Apple insists as never before on its payment facilities

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Three reasons why the iPhone 14 Plus/Max will be a huge commercial success

In 2022, Apple is expected to introduce a regular iPhone 14 Plus/Max version of its next series of smartphones. With lackluster iPhone mini sales, Apple has decided to bet on larger models, according to the latest rumors. Here are the three reasons why this iPhone will sell big.

Bigger is better for Apple customers

Rumors believe that the iPhone 14 Plus/Max will not only ditch the iPhone mini, but will also be the same size as the iPhone 14 Pro Max with a 6.7 inch screen.

Just two months after the release of the iPhone 12 lineup, a CIRP analyst report said that the iPhone 12 mini accounted for just 6% of iPhone sales in those first two months. By comparison, the iPhone 12 accounted for 27% of sales, followed by the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max at 20% each.

(…) The iPhone 13 mini was released in September 2021, and despite improved battery life and screen brightness, sales were still sluggish. Recent data from CIRP suggests that the iPhone 13 mini accounted for just 3% of all iPhone sales in the second quarter.

On the other hand, there’s a growing interest in bigger phones, and that’s where the iPhone 14 Plus/Max will shine. Over the years, Apple not only increased the size of its phones, but later released Plus and Max versions. For example, the iPhone XS Max didn’t bring many upgrades from the iPhone X, but its bigger screen was a hit.

Many people also like the 6.7-inch screen of the iPhone 12 Pro Max and iPhone 13 Pro Max, but choose the standard 6.1-inch model because of its price, which brings us to the next topic.

But before that, keep in mind that people like to consume videos, photos and use social media on their iPhones. A larger screen is perfect for enjoying TV shows, reading, playing games, etc.