Apple is reportedly facing quality control issues with the rear camera lenses of the iPhone 14. However, this is unlikely to affect production.
Apple reportedly faces quality control issues with the iPhone 14rear camera lenses, but it’s unlikely to affect production for the most part. The iPhone 14 series is expected to launch in September alongside the Apple Watch Series 8, a revamped Apple Watch SE and AirPods Pro 2. Apple is also expected to launch a new HomePod smart speaker and upgrade Apple TV hardware this year, but it’s unclear if they’ll launch alongside the iPhone 14 or later this year alongside next-gen Macs.
The iPhone 14 lineup will be an upgrade from last year’s iPhone 13 series and is expected to have four models as in the past two years. However, unlike previous years, the ‘mini’ is likely to be discontinued in favor of a larger ‘Max’ model, thanks to the growing preference for large-screen phones. By all accounts, Apple’s four models this year will be the iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Max, iPhone 14 Pro, and iPhone 14 Pro Max. While the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max will be the low-end offerings, the two “Pro” models are said to offer faster hardware and a notchless design.
According to TF International Securities analyst and reputable Apple tipster Ming-Chi Kuo, the iPhone 14’s rear camera lenses are suffering from “Coating-Crack Quality Problems,” forcing Apple to change suppliers. According Kuo’s tweet, Apple has shifted about 10 million lens orders from Chinese supplier Genius to Taiwan-based Largan to avoid production disruptions. Kuo also claimed that the quality control issues should be resolved in a few months, but if not, Apple will place more orders with Largan in the future.
iPhone 14 production is also facing other problems
The cracking of the lens coating is the latest issue affecting the production of the iPhone 14, but it is certainly not the only one. Last week, Kuo revealed that several panels and memory vendors were experiencing component shortages. However, the issue will likely have a limited impact on production as Apple has brought in other suppliers to fill the supply gap. Additionally, reports indicate that mass production of the iPhone 14 series will begin next month, so Apple hopes to sort out all the issues in the coming weeks to avoid any disruption in production.
The iPhone 14 range is expected to come in two distinct models. While the base iPhone 14 and 14 Max are expected to retain the old, outdated design that debuted in 2017 with the iPhone X, the higher-end iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max will have a more contemporary punch hole and a pill-shaped cutout. to house the selfie camera and Face ID sensors. The Pro and Pro Max will also get the new A16 Bionic chipset, while the two base models will have to make do with the older A15 SoC that powers the iPhone 13 lineup. iPhone 14 The Pro models will also sport a new 48MP main camera, replacing the 12MP sensor found on the iPhone 12 and 13 models.
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Source: Ming Chi Kuo/Twitter