Apple iPhone 14 Delay due to China and Taiwan Tension
Apple is gearing to launch its next-generation of iPhones (iPhone 14) in fall this year but it is likely to be delayed after US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan, increasing tension between China and Taiwan.
According to GSMArena, Apple is one of TSMC‘s biggest customer for years, and the company ships chips to Pegatron in China to be assembled into iPhones. New shipping regulations is set by CCP to ban any shipping documents that mention “Taiwan” without “Republic of China”. This should mark the beginning of the trade war between China and Taiwan and it has great impact on the production of iPhone 14.
Apple is already in talks with its Taiwanese partners, requesting that the “Made in Taiwan” or “Republic of China” markings be removed or replaced. According to a recent report, Apple will ship the iPhone 14 simultaneously from factories in China and India.
Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said on microblogging site Twitter that according to his latest research, Foxconn’s iPhone manufacturing plant in India will launch the new 6.1-inch iPhone 14 in the second half of 2022 and it is almost simultaneous with China for the first time as China used to be one quarter ahead of India in the past.