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iPhone 14 could be delayed as Apple caught in the middle of China-Taiwan tensions

Highlights

  • Apple’s iPhone 14 series could be delayed this year
  • This is owing to the US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan
  • The political conflict is said to delay the production of Apple’s next-gen flagships

Apple follows a tradition of launching its flagship iPhone lineup in September every year. The Cupertino-based giant is expected to unveil the next-generation iPhone 14 series next month. 

However, Phone Arena reports that the ongoing tensions between China and Taiwan may lead to the delay in the iPhone 14’s arrival. This is due to US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan.

Also Read: Apple to axe the iPhone 14 Mini variant this year due to low sales numbers of the iPhone 12 and 13 Mini

Apple iPhone 14 could be delayed this year

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Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan has strained the relationship between the country and China. The People’s Republic of China feels that the US has violated its ‘One China’ policy. As a result, many US-based companies like Apple are caught in the middle of this political conflict. 

If you are unaware of how these events affect the iPhone 14 series, it’s because Apple outsources Taiwan-based TSMC’s chipsets and ships them to the Pegatron factory in China. In short, Apple is TSMC’s top customer and the iPhones are assembled in China. Additionally, Pegatron’s Vice Chairman and TSMC’s top executives were seen with Pelosi during her visit which could potentially result in a fierce trade war between CCP and Taiwan. 

CCP has come up with new regulations forbidding any mention of ‘Taiwan’ or ‘Republic of China’ in the shipping documents. Apple has also urged its Taiwanese partners to adhere to the new rules and prohibit labelling products such as ‘Made in Taiwan’ or ‘Chinese Taipei’. The ongoing political tensions could hamper the iPhone 14’s production especially when the launch is a few weeks away. 

Meanwhile, reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo revealed that the brand could partner with Foxconn to make the only 6.1-inch iPhone 14 in India. This could also mark the first time the new-generation iPhone could be manufactured in the country at launch. The production cycle of the previous-generation iPhones were delayed by a quarter or two after launch. 

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