Apple supplier Foxconn reportedly begins iPhone 14 trial production
Trusted Apple supplier Foxconn has reported started trial production of the iPhone 14, suggesting Apple has now finalized the design of this year’s new iPhone model and is preparing factories for mass production later this year, ahead of the device’s launch in fall.
According to a report from UDN, Foxconn will be responsible for producing the high-end iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, whereas Luxshare will handle production of the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max, which is said to replace the small-size 5.4-inch mini in the iPhone 13 lineup with an entry-level 6.7-inch display, no longer forcing customers who want a large iPhone display to purchase the expensive Pro Max model.
Trial production gives suppliers the opportunity to test new production methods, fix any problems in the manufacturing process and improve production efficiently so that when mass production of the iPhone 14 begins later in the year, the factories can output as may devices as possible without delays or hiccups.
Apple is rumored to introduce an all-new design with the iPhone 14, featuring a hole-punch/pill-shaped front camera, a thicker chassis with no rear camera bump, iPhone 4-style round volume buttons, and more.
Leaker Jon Prosser shared concepts last year showing what the iPhone 14 will likely look like, suggesting that the device will feature new speaker and microphone grilles which will replace the individual holes on the bottom of the iPhone 13 with mesh cutouts that run across the bottom of the device.
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