Apple’s 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Plus is facing no delivery delays nearly a week after pre-orders opened, indicating demand for the new model may be low.
Pre-orders for all models in the iPhone 14 series opened last Friday, while delivery for all models except the iPhone 14 Plus begins tomorrow. While delivery estimates for the iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Pro, and iPhone 14 Pro Max remain days or even weeks behind schedule, all iPhone 14 Plus models remain available for same-day delivery on Friday, October 7, with no delays.
The lack of delay in iPhone 14 Plus deliveries comes amid a report that demand for the new model was worse than expected. Earlier this week, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said demand for the non-professional 6.7-inch iPhone is much lower than last year’s 5.4-inch iPhone 13 mini, which it effectively replaces in the lineup . Kuo said: “Apple’s product segmentation strategy for the simple series models is failing this year.”
The iPhone 14 Plus is intended for customers who want a larger iPhone without all the features of Apple’s high-end models. The iPhone 14 Plus, like the iPhone 14, has the same chip as the iPhone 13 Pro, improvements to the camera and autonomy which the company even characterizes as the largest of all models. Critics called the iPhone 14 “iPhone 13S”, noting the small improvements and changes over its predecessor.