Earlier this year, the iPhone 13 became the top selling individual mannequin in China for the first time in three months. That was the case in January, October, and December. Those three months alone bought 2.3 million of the 5.1 million items produced by Apple. In recent months, the series has been a modest but profitable one, even compared to the earlier iterations. Apple expects stronger demand for the iPhone 14 series in China.
Apple’s suppliers expect elevated demand for the iPhone 14 series in China
As Apple’s iPhone 14 series starts production in China, the company’s suppliers are expecting a spike in demand. According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple is making the most of Huawei’s forced exit from the Chinese 5G market, which leaves it as the dominant player in China’s high-end market. In a note to investors, Apple says it will deliver about 90 million iPhone 14 units in China this year, which is still lower than last year’s iPhone 13.
The increased shipment of the iPhone 13 in July suggests a strong demand for the upcoming device. However, even Chinese scalpers seem optimistic. Apple’s supply chain analyst Ming-Chi Kuo surveyed retailers and distributors in China and found that deposits for the iPhone 14 were higher than those for the iPhone 13 series. He believes that the iPhone 14 series will sell out faster than its current lineup of smartphones.
iPhone 14 will come with larger batteries
Rumors have suggested that the iPhone 14 series will come with larger batteries. The iPhone 13 series was known for its relatively small battery. The new iPhones will come with bigger batteries. A leak on Chinese social media suggests that the iPhone 14 will feature a battery with 3,279 mAh. The iPhone 13 Pro only had a 3,095mAh battery. The iPhone 14 series is expected to be released sometime in September.
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The iPhone 14 Plus is expected to come with a larger battery, possibly up to 4,325 mAh. Ming-Chi Kuo, a well-known Apple analyst, also predicted that the phone would feature the biggest upgrade to the front-facing camera in years, with a six-part lens and f/1.9 aperture. Other rumors point to a hole-punch camera and pill cutout on the iPhone 14 Pro Max.
iPhone 14 Pro models will come with 6.1-inch screens
There are some concerns about the future of the iPhone Mini, which Apple has said it will no longer produce. Apple has decided to replace the mini with the larger-screen iPhone 14 series. In order to meet Apple’s strict quality standards, BOE has agreed to supply 25% of the iPhone 14’s OLED panels. The Chinese company will only produce 6.1-inch OLED panels, and the larger models will continue to use LG or Samsung screens.
Apple is expected to launch the iPhone 14 later this year, but the company’s production has been slowed by the recent lockdowns in China. Production of the iPhone 14 models has fallen behind schedule by three weeks. However, rumors have suggested that Apple will release the new phone with larger screens in China. While there are no concrete details, it is likely that Apple will unveil the new iPhones sometime in September.