A severe lack of demand for Apple's iPhone 14 Plus was a "crucial factor" in one of Apple's manufacturing partners reporting a clear decline in its November revenues, according to a new report.
Apple announced the iPhone 14 Plus earlier this year alongside the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro, the latter boasting heavy improvements over the previous year's model including an Always-On display, 48MP camera, and Dynamic Island.
Analysis: The problem child
The report, if true, reflects a deeper question for Apple about how to fill the problematic fourth spot in its iPhone lineup. The Pro and Pro Max iPhones are always Apple's best iPhones on offer and have no trouble selling. In fact, they're proving awfully hard to get hold of this year. Likewise, the iPhone 14, although not as popular, is a regular seller and a proven hit. However, Apple has struggled with first the iPhone 'mini' and now the 'Plus' to find a hit fourth device. Apple's iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 routinely accounted for around 5% of iPhone sales when they were available, and figures for this year suggest the iPhone 14 Plus isn't doing much better.
As noted in the report, Pegatroni is also feeling the traditional "slack season" in consumer electronics. This has likely been exacerbated this year by global economic headwinds and the cost of living crisis, which is forcing everyone to tighten their belts.
With iPhone 15 and the switch to USB-C on the horizon for 2023, it remains to be seen whether Apple will stick with a Plus model, or replace it in favor of something else. Apple could even drop the model altogether. There have been hints and rumors that one iPhone next year may be an "Ultra" iPhone that appeals to even higher-end tastes.
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Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design.
Before becoming a writer Stephen studied Ancient History at University and also worked at Apple for more than two years. Stephen is also a host on the iMore show, a weekly podcast recorded live that discusses the latest in breaking Apple news, as well as featuring fun trivia about all things Apple. Follow him on Twitter @stephenwarwick9