Apple's iPhone 14 Pro shipments may drop by 20M in Q4 says Kuo

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in AAPL Investors edited November 2022
Because of ongoing supply chain disruptions, Apple's shipments of iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max models will be less than expected by between 15 million and 20 million units, according to Ming-Chi Kuo.

A Foxconn factory
A Foxconn factory


The Foxconn facility in Zhengzhou, China has undergone multiple issues, including problems caused by lockdown restrictions and riots by workers. The problems at the factory are now significant enough that one famed Apple-focused analyst has cut their shipment prediction by 20%.

According to TF Securities' Ming-Chi Kuo, the production at the factory, the biggest assembler of Pro model iPhone, was severely reduced by the laborer's protests, leading to a cut to 70 to 75 million units expected to ship in Q4 2022. By comparison, the market consensus is around 80 million to 85 million units.

Part of this is caused by expectations Pro and Pro Max shipments for the quarter will be down 15 to 20 million units lower than expected.

The average capacity utilization rate at the factory was just 20% in November, Kuo offers, but it is expected to improve to between 30% and 40% in December.

To help mitigate the issues, Pegatron and Luxshare ICT have picked up around 10% of Pro and Pro Max orders from Foxconn. However, it's believed that mass shipments from the pair will not occur until late December at the earliest.

Kuo thinks there are revenue and EPS downside risks for the quarter, based on the iPhone supply chain challenges. Foxconn is also having its own structural issues, which could lead to iPhone component shipments declining significantly in the first half of 2023 to match.

Revenue from iPhone sales could be significantly lower than the market consensus due to lower sales of the high-priced Pro models. Kuo forecasts that the iPhone revenue could go down by "20-30% or more."

For Foxconn, the troubles could make it hard for it to maintain its position as the exclusive assembler of the iPhone 15 Pro in 2023, with Apple likely wanting to "diversify supply risks," Kuo writes.

As for the full effect of the troubles, while some analysts believe demand will result in a portion of sales being deferred into the next quarter, Kuo is more pessimistic.

"I believe that most of the demand for the 4Q22 iPhone 14 Pro series amid the economic recession will disappear due to the significant supply and demand gap rather than deferred," the analyst offers.

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Comments

  • Reply 1 of 9
    blastdoorblastdoor Posts: 2,915member
    The only upside I see to this is that it's going to make it painfully clear to Apple that they need to end dependence on China. 

    In a world where there was no COVID and no invasion of Ukraine, Apple would have learned this lesson only when China invaded Taiwan, sending iPhone sales to a big fat Zero. 

    In a way, this is like a Moderna vaccine against China dependency. Apple will spend the weekend in bed feeling awful, but that's better than dying. 
  • Reply 2 of 9
    blastdoor said:
    The only upside I see to this is that it's going to make it painfully clear to Apple that they need to end dependence on China. 

    In a world where there was no COVID and no invasion of Ukraine, Apple would have learned this lesson only when China invaded Taiwan, sending iPhone sales to a big fat Zero. 

    In a way, this is like a Moderna vaccine against China dependency. Apple will spend the weekend in bed feeling awful, but that's better than dying. 
    China will not use military force against Taiwan unless US coerces Taiwan to declare independence or US recognizes Taiwan as a nation. Right now China haters are trying to demonize it to shift the blame game. 

    China wanted to use Moderna vaccine not by importing it but asked Moderna to authorize it to produce it in China and was refused. 
  • Reply 3 of 9
    blastdoorblastdoor Posts: 2,915member
    blastdoor said:
    The only upside I see to this is that it's going to make it painfully clear to Apple that they need to end dependence on China. 

    In a world where there was no COVID and no invasion of Ukraine, Apple would have learned this lesson only when China invaded Taiwan, sending iPhone sales to a big fat Zero. 

    In a way, this is like a Moderna vaccine against China dependency. Apple will spend the weekend in bed feeling awful, but that's better than dying. 
    China will not use military force against Taiwan unless US coerces Taiwan to declare independence or US recognizes Taiwan as a nation. Right now China haters are trying to demonize it to shift the blame game. 

    China wanted to use Moderna vaccine not by importing it but asked Moderna to authorize it to produce it in China and was refused. 
    Translation -- 'if China uses force against Taiwan, they won't take responsibility for their own actions and will instead blame the US, just like China blames Moderna for China shooting themselves in the foot by not importing Moderna's vaccine.'

    Chinese leaders are like whiny teenagers who refuse to take responsibility for their own actions. 
  • Reply 4 of 9
    blastdoor said:
    blastdoor said:
    The only upside I see to this is that it's going to make it painfully clear to Apple that they need to end dependence on China. 

    In a world where there was no COVID and no invasion of Ukraine, Apple would have learned this lesson only when China invaded Taiwan, sending iPhone sales to a big fat Zero. 

    In a way, this is like a Moderna vaccine against China dependency. Apple will spend the weekend in bed feeling awful, but that's better than dying. 
    China will not use military force against Taiwan unless US coerces Taiwan to declare independence or US recognizes Taiwan as a nation. Right now China haters are trying to demonize it to shift the blame game. 

    China wanted to use Moderna vaccine not by importing it but asked Moderna to authorize it to produce it in China and was refused. 
    Translation -- 'if China uses force against Taiwan, they won't take responsibility for their own actions and will instead blame the US, just like China blames Moderna for China shooting themselves in the foot by not importing Moderna's vaccine.'

    Chinese leaders are like whiny teenagers who refuse to take responsibility for their own actions. 
    No, China already set the conditions clearly. This is called the redline. Some US Congress try to ignore the redline. Only the State Department and White House know where the redline is. 

    Importing Moderna vaccine will be a fortune. With 1.4 billion people, there is also a big question whether enough vaccines can be produced.
  • Reply 5 of 9
    MadbumMadbum Posts: 424member
    “The average capacity utilization rate at the factory was just 20% in November, Kuo offers, but it is expected to improve to between 30% and 40% in December. “

    That cannot be right. The factory was running at 20 percent capacity? Or should that read 20 percent below full capacity , do these reporters have a brain geezes…
  • Reply 6 of 9
    blastdoor said:
    blastdoor said:
    The only upside I see to this is that it's going to make it painfully clear to Apple that they need to end dependence on China. 

    In a world where there was no COVID and no invasion of Ukraine, Apple would have learned this lesson only when China invaded Taiwan, sending iPhone sales to a big fat Zero. 

    In a way, this is like a Moderna vaccine against China dependency. Apple will spend the weekend in bed feeling awful, but that's better than dying. 
    China will not use military force against Taiwan unless US coerces Taiwan to declare independence or US recognizes Taiwan as a nation. Right now China haters are trying to demonize it to shift the blame game. 

    China wanted to use Moderna vaccine not by importing it but asked Moderna to authorize it to produce it in China and was refused. 
    Translation -- 'if China uses force against Taiwan, they won't take responsibility for their own actions and will instead blame the US, just like China blames Moderna for China shooting themselves in the foot by not importing Moderna's vaccine.'

    Chinese leaders are like whiny teenagers who refuse to take responsibility for their own actions. 
    No, China already set the conditions clearly. This is called the redline. Some US Congress try to ignore the redline. Only the State Department and White House know where the redline is. 

    Importing Moderna vaccine will be a fortune. With 1.4 billion people, there is also a big question whether enough vaccines can be produced.
    Exactly — CHINA has set the criteria for when CHINA would do something monumentally stupid and self destructive. But, somehow, it’s everybody else’s fault. Certainly China couldn’t choose to not do something stupid. 

    If it wasn’t for the cost to others, I’d say ‘go for it, idiots’ 
  • Reply 7 of 9
    blastdoor said:
    blastdoor said:
    blastdoor said:
    The only upside I see to this is that it's going to make it painfully clear to Apple that they need to end dependence on China. 

    In a world where there was no COVID and no invasion of Ukraine, Apple would have learned this lesson only when China invaded Taiwan, sending iPhone sales to a big fat Zero. 

    In a way, this is like a Moderna vaccine against China dependency. Apple will spend the weekend in bed feeling awful, but that's better than dying. 
    China will not use military force against Taiwan unless US coerces Taiwan to declare independence or US recognizes Taiwan as a nation. Right now China haters are trying to demonize it to shift the blame game. 

    China wanted to use Moderna vaccine not by importing it but asked Moderna to authorize it to produce it in China and was refused. 
    Translation -- 'if China uses force against Taiwan, they won't take responsibility for their own actions and will instead blame the US, just like China blames Moderna for China shooting themselves in the foot by not importing Moderna's vaccine.'

    Chinese leaders are like whiny teenagers who refuse to take responsibility for their own actions. 
    No, China already set the conditions clearly. This is called the redline. Some US Congress try to ignore the redline. Only the State Department and White House know where the redline is. 

    Importing Moderna vaccine will be a fortune. With 1.4 billion people, there is also a big question whether enough vaccines can be produced.
    Exactly — CHINA has set the criteria for when CHINA would do something monumentally stupid and self destructive. But, somehow, it’s everybody else’s fault. Certainly China couldn’t choose to not do something stupid. 

    If it wasn’t for the cost to others, I’d say ‘go for it, idiots’ 
    Last week election, Taiwan has chosen the blue group which opposes independence. 
  • Reply 8 of 9
    blastdoorblastdoor Posts: 2,915member
    blastdoor said:
    blastdoor said:
    blastdoor said:
    The only upside I see to this is that it's going to make it painfully clear to Apple that they need to end dependence on China. 

    In a world where there was no COVID and no invasion of Ukraine, Apple would have learned this lesson only when China invaded Taiwan, sending iPhone sales to a big fat Zero. 

    In a way, this is like a Moderna vaccine against China dependency. Apple will spend the weekend in bed feeling awful, but that's better than dying. 
    China will not use military force against Taiwan unless US coerces Taiwan to declare independence or US recognizes Taiwan as a nation. Right now China haters are trying to demonize it to shift the blame game. 

    China wanted to use Moderna vaccine not by importing it but asked Moderna to authorize it to produce it in China and was refused. 
    Translation -- 'if China uses force against Taiwan, they won't take responsibility for their own actions and will instead blame the US, just like China blames Moderna for China shooting themselves in the foot by not importing Moderna's vaccine.'

    Chinese leaders are like whiny teenagers who refuse to take responsibility for their own actions. 
    No, China already set the conditions clearly. This is called the redline. Some US Congress try to ignore the redline. Only the State Department and White House know where the redline is. 

    Importing Moderna vaccine will be a fortune. With 1.4 billion people, there is also a big question whether enough vaccines can be produced.
    Exactly — CHINA has set the criteria for when CHINA would do something monumentally stupid and self destructive. But, somehow, it’s everybody else’s fault. Certainly China couldn’t choose to not do something stupid. 

    If it wasn’t for the cost to others, I’d say ‘go for it, idiots’ 
    Last week election, Taiwan has chosen the blue group which opposes independence. 
    Are mayors in charge of foreign policy in Taiwan?
  • Reply 9 of 9
    Just an anecdote, but I went to buy an iPhone 14 pro(manhattan), and everything(all variants) was sold out, and shipping times were late December or January. 
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