In a bid to avoid supply chain disruptions like those that affected the iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max during the holiday season, Apple is rumored to begin parts production for the iPhone 15 earlier than last year. Chinese site IT Home reports that preparations have already begun in Apple’s supply chain for the production of iPhone 15 components.
Mass Production Timeline and Shipments
Initial reports indicated that mass production would commence in late June. However, today’s report suggests that products from the first batch will be ready by July. This accelerated timeline could be attributed to Apple issuing a stocking order for the iPhone 15, with an aim to prevent long wait times experienced during the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max launch.
Apple’s optimism surrounding its forthcoming phones is evident as they expect better sales than the iPhone 13 and iPhone 14. The company projects a shipment of 89 million units this year, compared to 78 million units of the iPhone 14 during the same period last year.
Key Production Players and Specifications
Foxconn, Pegatron, and Luxshare are set to mass-produce the new iPhones. Foxconn will receive a majority of orders (60 percent) as Apple’s primary assembly partner, followed by Luxshare and Pegatron.
The highly anticipated iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max models are expected to be powered by a cutting-edge 3nm chip, feature a titanium frame and house a periscope telephoto camera, enabling 5-6x optical zoom capabilities. These advancements will challenge other top contenders in the smartphone market in 2023.
On the other hand, the iPhone 15 and 15 Plus models will inherit the iPhone 14 Pro’s primary specifications like a 48MP main camera, dynamic island, and A16 Bionic chip, while retaining 60Hz displays.
Additional Features and Launch Date
The iPhone 15 series may include a new programmable Action button and a USB-C port. While no concrete launch date has been announced, it is expected that Apple will stick to its traditional September timeline for the iPhone 15’s reveal.
As WWDC concludes, Apple’s focus now shifts to the upcoming announcement and release of the iPhone 15 lineup later this year. Following the company’s consistent release schedule, the all-new iPhone 15, iPhone 15 Plus, iPhone 15 Pro, and iPhone 15 Pro Max are highly anticipated by consumers worldwide.
With global attention on the iPhone 15 series, Apple will prioritize production for these devices over other products in their lineup. If supply chain challenges or hiccups arise, Apple would likely delay other product launches before considering adjustments to the iPhone 15 release date. For now, all eyes are on Apple as they gear up for another groundbreaking launch this September.