Some of the rear camera lens destined for the next iPhone 14 Apple’s have been suffering from “crack-coating quality issues,” according to respected Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
Kuo said that to prevent the issue from affecting shipments of the iPhone 14, which is expected to launch this fall, Apple has brought in another supplier, Taiwan-based Largan, to help with camera lens production.
“My latest survey indicates that one of the Genius iPhone 14 rear lenses likely suffered from crack and coating quality issues,” the analyst said in a tweet posted on Wednesday, adding that as a result, Apple had “transferred around 10 million orders for lenses to Largan from Genius to avoid affecting shipments of the iPhone 14 ».
In a second tweet, Kuo said the lens coating crack issue “should be addressed within 1-2 months based on experience,” adding that “if Genius can’t handle the issue, Largan will continue to get more orders.” .
Another challenge facing iPhone 14 production emerged last week when Kuo revealed that several panel and memory vendors were experiencing component shortages. However, Kuo’s analysis was that the problem would have limited impact on production, as other suppliers were coming on board to help fill the gap.
Kuo said in a tweet: “I have learned that some iPhone 14 panel and memory vendors have recently experienced supply issues,” adding that the impact on mass production of the phone would likely be limited as “other vendors may fill the gap.” supply gap.
A report earlier this month suggested that Apple believes the iPhone 14 will outsell the current iPhone 13 model when it goes on sale just a couple of months from now.
other report highlighting Apple’s high expectations for the device said supply chain contacts revealed Samsung expects to make about 80 million displays in the third quarter for the iPhone 14 lineup, which will likely include the iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Max , iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max.