From Andrew Orr's "Foxconn retooling five assembly lines for iPhone 14 Pro increase" posted Thursday on AppleInsider:
Apple has reportedly asked supplier Foxconn to retool some iPhone 14 production lines in favor of the iPhone 14 Pro models, seemingly backing up reports that the base is not as popular among consumers as the new Pro editions.
Zhengzhou has dismantled at least five workshops at Apple's request, according to a report citing "incomplete statistics."Workers in this factory mention code "27," which refers to iPhone 14 in Foxconn, Zhengzhou.
It's unclear if iPhone 14 Plus production lines will also be affected. This model can be ordered now but won't arrive to customers until Friday, October 7.
Changes in production lines match a report from September 19 in which analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said Hon Hai (Foxconn) was switching production lines for the iPhone 14 over to the iPhone 14 Pro models. Kuo said this is a shipment increase of roughly 10% for these devices in calendar quarter four of 2022.
My take: Nice to have such flexibility. Retooling a Foxconn production line from one iPhone line to another can't be a trivial exercise.