If you’re hoping to pick up an iPhone 14 Pro or Pro Max in time to gift it as a holiday gift, you probably already know the odds are stacked against you. The standard iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus are readily available at most Apple retail stores, but Apple’s flagship phones are much, much harder to find.
Not only are you dealing with the normal holiday rush of demand like any other year, but Apple just doesn’t have enough phones for everyone. Covid-related lockdowns at the main iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max assembly plant have led to operations operating at “significantly reduced capacity”. And worker protests at those Foxconn facilities have further reduced supply.
Maybe you don’t care about getting a new iPhone 14 Pro or Pro Max in the immediate future. But if you’re determined to make it happen, follow the tips below for the best chance of success. This will take patience and effort, but I’m reasonably confident it’s doable if you put the time into it.
Apple’s delivery estimates for all iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max configurations now extend through January. It’s possible that some orders will come in sooner than expected, but given that the company could be facing a potential shortfall of 15-20 million units, according to some analyst estimates, I wouldn’t count on luck in this scenario. If you’re not concerned about receiving your phone on a certain date, feel free to order and don’t stress it out.
Conventional wisdom says that Apple reserves much of the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max inventory for its own retail outlets. That’s usually true, but you’re still going to face a climb trying to catch one.