Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said Apple has increased its list of suppliers for the iPhone 14 series to avoid possible supply chain shortages when mass production of the devices begins. In a series of tweets, Guo said that components from SG Micro, also known as Shengbang Microelectronics (Beijing) Co. have passed quality certification for the high-end iPhone 14 models, meaning that the Chinese company has been approved to supply components for the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max.
SG Micro specializes in integrated circuits, and Apple will use its power management ICs in its upcoming iPhones. This is the first time SG Micro has supplied components for a high-end iPhone, meaning its technology capabilities are at the “Tier 1 level” for high-end consumer electronics.
Some iPhone 14 components, such as the display panel, are facing supply chain issues, but the analyst believes these issues will have a limited impact on the upcoming mass-produced iPhone 14 models, which are expected to be announced in September.
The lineup is expected to include the 6.1-inch iPhone 14, the 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Max, the 6.1-inch iPhone 14 Pro, and the 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Pro Max, but there will be no “mini” devices this year.