According to MacRumours, the situation with the supply of the iPhone 14 Pro and other Apple equipment has worsened. Apple already acknowledged earlier this month that customers will experience longer wait times for the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max models due to business restrictions in China.
Apple’s US online store currently has an estimated delivery time of around six weeks, with all iPhone 14 Pro models scheduled to ship on December 27th, meaning fans won’t be able to receive their gifts until Christmas.
The delays confirm analysts’ expectations that Apple’s iPhone 14 Pro models won’t match earlier shipment estimates until the end of the year following the closure of Foxconn’s main Chinese factory where the phones are assembled.
Foxconn is expected to ship 79 million units in the current quarter, up from a previous estimate of 85 million phones, due to strict restrictions imposed at the Zhengzhou factory in recent weeks due to COVID-19.
Morgan Stanley is forecasting higher-than-usual output in the first few months of 2023 to offset pent-up demand. Meanwhile, work at the Zhengzhou plant has already resumed, workers were brought to the plant over the weekend, and Foxconn is trying to catch up.