Apple gears up for the launch of the iPhone 14 series (which is getting closer and closer as we approach fall), and it looks like Cupertino is now out to cause no supply chain problems. Renowned insider Ming-Chi Kuo now reports that: Looking to further expand its suppliers for the iPhone 14 series, Apple has now added a new partner (via AppleInsider).
Apple expands supply chain for premium iPhone 14 models
According to Kuo, SG Micro (headquartered in China) has now passed the chip quality certification for the more expensive iPhone 14 models (i.e. iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max). The company is likely to take orders for PMICs (integrated power management circuitry — basically a chip to manage power) in the second half of this year for its upcoming iPhones.
This is the company’s first time supplying components for more expensive iPhones. According to the industry insider, this collaboration will continue in the future so that Apple can avoid future supply chain risks.
Company Update: SG Micro (300661)
1. SG Micro had passed the quality certification of the more expensive iPhone 14 and will probably ship the PMICs (battery and level shifter) for the iPhone 14 in 2H22.
— 郭明錤 (Ming-Chi Kuo) (@mingchikuo) July 22, 2022
Recently, Kuo said that some iPhone 14 display panel suppliers, as well as memory suppliers, have been experiencing delivery problems; however, he does not believe this will have a major impact on mass production. It seems that, at least according to Kuo, Apple is on track with the production of the iPhone 14.
As a quick summary, we expect this year to see a wider gap between the non-Pro iPhone models and the Pro versions. The iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max are expected to be the only models with Apple’s latest processor (the A16), while the non-Pro variants are said to come with this year’s iPhone 13 chip.
In addition, the Pro iPhone 14 models will come with a new design for the Face ID sensors and the selfie camera, removing the notch left over for the non-Pro iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max. We also expect the Pros to come equipped with an always-on display.
The four phones will be unveiled sometime in the fall, likely in September.