Apple was expected to produce 90 million of its new iPhone 13 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 that Texas Instruments and Broadcom are having in supplying their components.
This is revealed in Bloomberg, where they point out how the chip shortage problem has affected even a giant like Apple, which, despite its influence, cannot avoid the problem. The consequence? That some models will take time to become available to certain buyers.
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While Texas Instruments provides components that are used in its displays – and specifically those in 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 those chips forces Apple to reduce the production of its new iPhone 13, and in fact the deadlines and delays are already starting to be noticed: if one tries to buy an iPhone 13 Pro today on Apple’s online store, that mobile will not be delivered until the week of November 12, a month from now.
The component shortage problems are not only affecting the iPhone 13: according to Bloomberg they are also having difficulty producing enough Apple Watch Series 7 and other products.
Both Broadcom and Texas Instruments rely heavily on manufacturers like TSMC, and the signs that the problems are getting worse 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 types of electronics products.