The iPhone 14 Max has been rumored to be one of the most anticipated iPhone releases in a while. A potential new addition to the iPhone lineup, this iPhone 14 model would offer buyers the chance to get a large-screen handset from Apple without having to pay iPhone Pro Max prices.
But this 6.7-inch phone is proving difficult to manufacture, if reports from Apple’s supply chain are any indication. This week, Ross Young of Display Supply Chain Consultants told his Twitter followers that Apple struggles to align the panels of the iPhone 14 Max (opens in a new tab).
Specifically, Young says iPhone 14 Max panel shipments are far behind the iPhone 14 Pro Max, which will feature the same screen size but offer a fast-refresh display — a feature that apparently won’t be available on the iPhone. iPhone at a lower cost. 14 models. According to 9to5Mac (opens in a new tab)who reported on Young’s comments on Twitter, panel shipments for the iPhone 14 Pro Max are three times higher than those for the iPhone 14 Max.
This is just the latest report suggesting that Apple may be having issues with the iPhone 14 Max. A previous report from May claimed that an iPhone 14 model was overdue due to strict coronavirus-related lockdowns in China. The report didn’t specify which model, but the rumor says it could be the iPhone 14 Max. (For what it’s worth, a later statement from Foxconn, Apple’s main iPhone supplier, claimed the lockdown’s impact was limited on its operations.)
Still, any reports of potential supply shortages will spark speculation of a delayed launch from the iPhone 14’s expected release date. Rumors suggest that Apple will unveil its new phones in the second week of September, although that is far from confirmed at this stage.
If the iPhone 14 Max proves difficult to manufacture in large volumes, Apple has a few options to launch the iPhone 14 line. It could go with a staggered launch where some models arrive earlier than others. This has happened several times recently, with the iPhone 12 launch in 2020 being the most recent example. In this coronavirus-hit year, the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro arrived in October, while the iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max followed with a release in November.
Apple could also launch all the phones at once and live with the possibility of the iPhone 14 Max outselling supply for a while. This happened early in the iPhone 13 rollout last year, where Apple struggled to keep up with demand for its iPhone 13 Pro models, at least initially.
Again, these scenarios both assume that the iPhone 14 Max is not only late, but that Apple won’t be able to ramp up production by the fall. Apple may end up shipping all four models at once, with any production issues like those reported having no impact on the release date.
The iPhone 14 Max will likely have a bigger battery as well as a bigger screen than the standard 6.1-inch iPhone 14. Otherwise, our iPhone 14 vs iPhone 14 Max comparison suggests many similarities between the two phones. Both are likely to feature dual rear cameras and run on the A15 Bionic chip powering the current iPhone 13 Pro models, which could mean an increase in RAM.
It’s the iPhone 14 Pro models that are shaping up to be the most feature-rich offerings in Apple’s fall lineup. These phones are equipped with an A16 Bionic processor and a potentially more powerful main camera. The iPhone 14 Pro could also ditch Apple’s front display notch for less obtrusive camera cutouts.
There’s plenty of time between now and the rumored September launch date for Apple to sort out any issues. Here’s hoping all four iPhone 14 models are ready to go.