Apple’s next smartphone, the iPhone 14, will supposedly come in four models, just like the iPhone 13 did. But there will apparently be two large-sized variants instead of just one, namely the iPhone 14 Max and iPhone 14 Pro Max, making securing components harder than in years past. Ross Young, noted display supply analyst, reported that production is behind schedule because of this necessity.
We’ve all been pondering this: will the supply chain be able to meet demand with all of these upcoming new technologies and gadgets? Some observers believe the outlook is bleak. With manufacturing for the reported but unsubstantiated iPhone 14 Max model now said to be behind schedule, the upcoming iPhone might not even escape the material shortage.
It’s that regular iPhone 14 Max that’s slowing things down, as it uses a different display than its Pro counterpart. The Pro models utilize Apple’s ProMotion, the company’s adaptive refresh rate tech. This means the iPhone 14 Pro Max is expected to have a 120Hz adaptive refresh rate, while the regular Max will stay at 60Hz.
Young’s original tweet is behind a paywall, but I paid the toll so you don’t have to (though you should if you want to support Young’s work!). Young reports that the iPhone 14 Max panel shipments are “still way behind through August,” though it’s not the Pro models affected. Those displays seem fine, with Young reporting that supply volumes are more than three times higher than on the regular Max phones.
We already know iOS 16 has a new lock screen look, the ability to edit and delete messages sent in iMessage, and an overhauled smart home hub in the Apple Home app. We know that Apple’s working on more privacy and security-minded features, like virtual cards, which will make online shopping more secure overall. It was also recently discovered that Apple would make Hidden and Recently Deleted albums in the Photos app more private by locking them via Face ID, Touch ID, or a passcode.
The iPhone 14 Max isn’t officially delayed. But it’s been interesting following Apple through this manufacturing journey, as it seems to have had to make some changes to meet its deadline. Back in May, we learned Apple was dealing with supply chain shortages when it opted for a more expensive solution to its front-facing camera than on past smartphones.