Ten million fewer iPhone 13s and delays for buyers: Apple cuts production due to shortage of chips, warns Bloomberg
Apple was expected to produce 90 million of its new iPhone 13s in the last three months of 2021, but the company is already warning its partners that the figure will be reduced by 10 million because of the problems Texas Instruments and Broadcom are having supplying their components.
This is revealed in Bloomberg, where they indicate how the problem of the shortage of chips has affected even a giant like Apple, despite its influence, it cannot avoid the problem. The consequence? That some models will take time to be available to certain buyers.
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While Texas Instruments offers components that are used in their displays — and specifically, those of the new OLED panels of the Pro— models, Broadcom has been collaborating with Apple for many years and supplying certain wireless components.
The difficulty of having these chips forces Apple to reduce the production of its new iPhone 13, and in fact the deadlines and delays are already beginning to be noticed: if one tries to buy an iPhone 13 Pro today in the Apple online store, that mobile will not be delivered until the week of November 12, within a month.
Component shortage issues don’t just affect iPhone 13s: according to Bloomberg they are also having difficulties to produce “enough Apple Watch Series 7 and other products “.
Both Broadcom and Texas Instruments are heavily reliant on manufacturers like TSMC, and the signs of growing problems are clear. According to data from Susquehanna Financial Group, semiconductor production lead times increased to an average of 21.7 weeks in September: more than five long months that doom the production and distribution of all kinds of electronics products.
Vía | Bloomberg