We are all looking forward to the iPhone 14. Will the smartphone come later because of the political unrest in Taiwan? Apple is afraid of it.
The arrival of Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan caused quite a stir. China did not accept it and is increasing the pressure with military exercises around the island. US President Joe Biden was therefore not too happy with the action of the Speaker of the House of Representatives. If China wants to go one step further, it could cause major problems for Apple and with it the iPhone 14.
Will the iPhone 14 come later?
Apple takes the worst-case scenario into account and that could mean that the iPhone 14 could suffer a significant delay. Apple warned its suppliers that China has customs regulations that could result in import and export requests being denied, Reuters reports.
Under Chinese rules, products and parts from Taiwan must be labeled as “Made in Taiwan, China” or “Chinese Taipei”. Since chips for the iPhone 14 are made by Taiwanese TSMC before being shipped to China for assembly.
Problems for Apple?
While the iPhone 14 packaging itself says “Designed by Apple in California, Assembled in China,” that may not be enough. Shipping documents to China will likely need to include the new placeholder before they are accepted.
Incidentally, these regulations have been in place for years, but non-compliance was tolerated by China. Recent tensions have strained relations and the country is now said to be pushing for strict compliance. This could therefore have consequences for the iPhone 14.
In Taiwan, in addition to parliament, Pelosi also visited chip manufacturer TSMC and iPhone assembler Pegeatron. The visit with TSMC is probably related to the new Chips Act. It may affect TSMC’s Arizona plant. The company is said to be concerned about suggestions that Intel would receive most of the subsidies.
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