10 million iPhones will never be produced. Apple must now face the shortage of components that affects the entire tech sector.
It’s been over a year now that a shortage of components affects the tech sector. Production fell slightly at the start of the pandemic, while demand increased sharply when households converted the travel budget into a tech and video game budget. While the whole sector has to face these difficulties, the issue of freight and electricity production has been added in recent weeks. raising fears of a worsening of the situation in the coming weeks.
Until then, Apple had been able, willy-nilly, to resist these problems thanks to order books at the level of its bank account. The firm is now caught up in the problems as revealed the Bloomberg website.
10 million iPhone 13 will not be produced
The site informs us that Apple should cancel production of 10 million iPhone 13 of the 90 million planned worldwide. This therefore represents an iPhone 13 on 9 or 11% of production. The source of this decision would be the inability of Broadcom and Texas Instruments to be able to produce components in quantity. The first produces Apple’s network chips while the second takes care of the battery recharging and camera power circuits.
Apple is today the largest customer of all its suppliers, and therefore often fortunate enough to be the last to suffer the consequences of this shortage. But even the apple giant cannot escape production problems for its most essential components. We know that the launch of Apple Watch 7 also paid the price for these problems.
We can therefore expect to see the iPhone 13 becoming rarer on online shelves. IPad mini 6 recently launched is also suffering the costs of the shortage and is very difficult to order, even in large brands such as La Fnac.
More concretely, Bloomberg indicates that the time between the order of semiconductors and their deliveries for assembly has increased sharply over the past 9 months to reach an average of 21.7 weeks. If Apple orders its chips today, it will on average have to wait until March 2022 for delivery to its assembly factories. The situation does not seem to be getting any better then.