Production quality issues force Apple to switch iPhone 14 suppliers


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Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says it appears the iPhone 14’s rear lenses have caused problems for a supplier, forcing Apple to adjust its component orders until the manufacturing issue is resolved.

Recently, Ming-Chi Kuo reported that some iPhone 14 display and RAM makers had “encountered supply issues,” but Apple was able to place orders for alternatives. Now he says a problem with lens manufacturing has seen a similar fix, with Apple temporarily shifting its component order to another company.

Later in the same Twitter thread, Kuo says that any delay caused by the issue will be negligible.

“The impact on iPhone 14 shipments can almost be ignored as Largan may well fill the supply gap,” he wrote. “The lens coating issue should be resolved within 1-2 months based on experience. But if Genius cannot handle the issue, Largan will continue to receive more orders.”

Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 14 lineup in September. Some previous rumors have pointed to a significant rear camera upgrade, but most sources expect the new phones to closely resemble the iPhone 13.

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