Apple makes big cuts to iPhone 13 orders amid chip shortages

Customers are already facing a long wait for new iPhone 13 orders.
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Apple is forced to reduce iPhone 13 orders by up to 10 million units due to ongoing chip shortages, according to a new report. Cupertino had planned to produce 90 million handsets by the end of the year.

It now tells partners that the final figure will be lower, as partners Broadcom and Texas Instruments – which supply parts related to the iPhone’s wireless connection and display – are struggling to supply enough components.

iPhone 13 affected by chip supply issues

Apple has mostly avoided the ongoing chip shortage, mainly thanks to the fact that it is one of the world’s largest chip buyers, giving it plenty of power in the market. But just weeks after the iPhone 13 made its debut, the story has changed.

The company is now facing the same supply problems that others have faced, according to a Bloomberg report with reference to sources with knowledge of the case. It has been forced to reduce iPhone 13 orders as a result.

It is estimated that iPhone 13 shipments will now likely be around 80 million units – down from 90 million units – between now and the end of the year. And chipmakers have warned that the problem will continue over the course of next year.

While the supply of Apple’s custom A15 Bionic chipsets, which power the entire iPhone 13 series, seems stable, the company is facing difficulties in acquiring display and wireless components from Broadcom and Texas Instruments.

Deliveries of the iPhone 13 are still delayed

Component shortages have already caused long delays for iPhone 13 customers, the report adds. Those who order a new handset today face waiting times of up to a month, while pick-up in the store “is currently not available”.

Despite this, the last quarter of 2021 is expected to be Apple’s most successful to date, with the company forecast to generate revenue of around $ 120 billion. That would be a 7% increase over the same quarter last year.

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