Foxconn has reportedly received instructions to begin “new machine trial production” for the iPhone 15 and begin new product introduction (NPI) for the device. This process is meant to introduce the device’s specific design and production needs to Foxconn.
The report says this year’s process for mass production of the upcoming iPhone 15 will differ from previous years due to device production in both China and India. A machine-translated copy of the report reads:
It is worth noting that the NPI of the new iPhone this year is a little different from previous years, mainly because the gap between the mass production time of iPhones in mainland China and India will narrow. In previous years, the mass production time of the two places was about six to nine months apart. Last year, it was shortened to two months, and this year it will be shortened to a few weeks.
The iPhone 15 lineup is expected to feature four models, including the iPhone 15, iPhone 15 Plus, iPhone 15 Pro, and iPhone 15 Ultra.
Apple’s high-end models in next year’s iPhone 15 lineup will be powered by the A17 Bionic chip, which could be as much as 35% more efficient than current iPhone processors if it uses TSMC’s new 3nm fabrication technology. The new handset is also expected to boast a titanium frame, solid-state haptic volume buttons, and USB-C replacing Lightning connectivity.