iPhone 14 Pro Design Reportedly Finalized As Suppliers Begin Trial Production

Apple's largest supplier, Foxconn, has begun trial production of the iPhone 14 Pro, suggesting that Apple has finalized its design as it moves into the early stages of device manufacturing, according to a report from the Taiwan Economic Times.

iPhone 14 Mock pill and hole
According to the report, Foxconn will manufacture the higher-end models of the iPhone 14, while Luxshare, another Apple supplier, will take on the two lower-end models. The report notes that Foxconn will begin OEM trial production of the ‌iPhone 14 Pro‌ to ensure it can produce the device to Apple's standards in preparing for mass production later on in the year. From the report (machine translated):

Apple's iPhone 14 has recently entered into trial production, and it is rumored Luxshare has not yet obtained the new product trial production into mass production service orders (NPI), and will not be able to OEM the best-selling, high-unit price, higher profit high-end iPhone 14, and may only get the basic iPhone 14 orders this year, becoming the second supplier.

After starting the trial production, the foundry has to collect data, correct abnormalities, evaluate the production process and the items that need to be improved, and assess whether the trial production is acceptable.

The ‌iPhone 14‌ and ‌iPhone 14 Pro‌ could feature some design tweaks, invoking nostalgic design choices with the iPhone 4 and ‌iPhone‌ 5. ‌iPhone 14 Pro‌ Max renders shared by Apple leaker Jon Prosser suggest a thicker overall chassis and no camera bump. Those same renders suggest circular volume buttons and a redesigned speaker grille.

iphone 14 render jon prosser
One of the most noticeable changes rumored to be coming to the ‌iPhone 14‌ is the removal of the notch in favor of a pill-shaped cutout design. Multiple rumors have suggested that Apple will debut a single punch-hole and pill-shaped cutout at the top of the display to house the front-facing camera and TrueDepth camera system for Face ID.

The ‌iPhone 14‌ lineup is expected to include four variants, including two 6.1-inch and two 6.7-inch models. The updated ‌iPhone‌ lineup will mean the end of the 5.4-inch ‌iPhone‌ "mini," first launched with the iPhone 12. Alongside an updated design, the ‌iPhone 14‌ is expected to include a slew of camera upgrades, such as a 48MP Wide camera, 8K video recording, and an improved Ultra Wide lens.

In addition to camera upgrades and a new design, the ‌iPhone 14‌ will have improved performance and could feature 8GB of RAM on the highest-end models, the most ever in an ‌iPhone‌. Other rumors have stated the ‌iPhone 14‌ will not feature a SIM card slot as Apple pushes to increase adoption of eSIM technology, and it could come with as much as 2TB of storage.

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Top Rated Comments

AndiG Avatar
14 months ago
I'll buy one, if it comes without notch and with USB-C.
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Reggaenald Avatar
14 months ago
I hope that some day they’ll bring back the mini.

Edit: how do people disagree on this? Like, why? ?
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
yegon Avatar
14 months ago

Pretty sure iPhone 14 design was finalised long before this milestone...
Yep. I think it’s only numbskulls who think Apple are reactive in a 6-12 month timeline.

95% of the design of these products are likely sketched out 18 months to 3 years in advance, and roadmapped 5+ years out.
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
UltraInstinct Avatar
14 months ago
Can't wait for the iPhone 14 reveal when it looks exactly like the 13/13 Pro.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
diddl14 Avatar
14 months ago
Pretty sure iPhone 14 design was finalised long before this milestone...
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
alpi123 Avatar
14 months ago

Yep. I think it’s only numbskulls who think Apple are reactive in a 6-12 month timeline.

95% of the design of these products are likely sketched out 18 months to 3 years in advance, and roadmapped 5+ years out.
The point is they're testing several designs simultaneously and figuring out which one would be the way to go. The design every year is finalized about this time, very early Spring.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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