Apple rejiggers its iPhone 14 production lines

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.

See also: Ming-Chi Kuo: Apple orders more iPhone 14 Pros

5 Comments

  1. Miguel Ancira said:
    As the church lady would say…….”Well……isn’t that nice”

    2
    September 23, 2022
    • Romie Lucas said:
      The church lady would say, “Isn’t that special”

      1
      September 23, 2022
  2. Daniel Epstein said:
    It would be nice to know how many assembly lines are actually involved in IPhone. And how many each one actually can produce. This might give us insights into what the change really means in the mix. Probably proprietary info of course.

    1
    September 23, 2022
    • Romeo A Esparrago Jr said:
      Unfortunately I only found an old 2014 article from 9to5Mac :

      “ iPhone 6 production by the numbers: 100 production lines, 200k workers, 540k phones a day “
      By Ben Lovejoy – Sep. 17th 2014

      “ The WSJ revealed some iPhone 6 production numbers as Foxconn struggles to meet demand from pre-orders: the company is operating around 100 production lines around the clock, has 200,000 workers dedicated to production of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus – and is manufacturing 540,000 units a day. “

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      September 23, 2022
  3. Gregg Thurman said:
    Took a “young” lady to dinner tonight. I’ve been dating her for almost 3 years. She has been a Samsung user since her first smartphone years ago, convinced as she was that Android was easier to use.

    At dinner she showed me her new smartphone, an iPhone 13 (looked like Pro) she got for “free” from T-Mobile by switching carriers. Before you sat she’s paying for it in her monthly service agreement, her monthly bill is now lower than it was with Comcast.

    I wonder how many more Android users are making the same decision.

    0
    September 24, 2022

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