China-Taiwan tension could result in iPhone 14 launch being delayed

China-Taiwan tension could result in iPhone 14 launch being delayed

You may have read or heard about Nancy Pelosi, the US House of Representatives’ Speaker, and her trip to Taiwan. It has recently dominated the news. But how does that relate to the launch of the iPhone 14?

As most of you are aware, Apple is TSMC’s largest client, and the business sends chips to Pegatron in China for the assembly of iPhones. The relationship between China and Taiwan has been further strained by Pelosi’s travel to Taiwan. Because of this, the CCP has created new rules that prohibit using the terms “Taiwan” or “Republic of China” in the shipping paperwork. As a result, the manufacture of the iPhone 14 may be delayed if part, if not all, of the hardware is sent back to Taiwan.

To make matters worse, Pelosi was spotted with Pegatron’s vice chairman and senior TSMC executives during the visit, raising the possibility that this is just the start of a more ferocious trade war between the CCP and Taiwan, in which Apple and other US-based corporations will be caught in the middle.

Apple has asked that all labeling with “Made in Taiwan” or “ Republic of China” be removed or replaced and is already in discussions with its Taiwanese partners about this. It also comes as no surprise that one 6.1-inch iPhone 14 device would allegedly leave Foxconn’s Indian production, according to Ming-Chi Kuo’s sources. Apple is significantly diversifying its output for the first time ever.

Since the iPhone 14 is right around the corner and there are speculations circulating that there are some quality production concerns with the screens and the camera lenses of the iPhone 14 Pro Max, the news arrives at the worst possible moment.

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