An article recently published by Bloomberg revealed the problems it recorded Apple in its production of the new iPhone 13 as a result of the shortage of components, as a consequence of the Covid 19 pandemic that paralyzed much of the technology industry.
Due to this inconvenience, the tech giant had to cut device production, reducing the number of telephones in 10 million units, when production was expected to be 90 million in the last three months of 2021.
With the downgrade, it will take some time before some models are available to certain buyers. Those who tried to buy one of the new iPhone 13 this Wednesday, October 13, will only be able to receive it during the week of November 12, that is, almost a month later.
Apple’s suppliers, complicated
According to reports from Bloomberg, Apple’s problem happens, mainly, through the inconveniences in delivery times from its main suppliers.
For instance, Texas Instruments offers components that are used in its screens – and in particular, those of the new OLED panels of the Pro models -, Broadcom has been collaborating with Apple for many years and supplying certain wireless components. Both companies showed concern for the next few months.
The new iPhone 13 naked.
Everything indicates that the shortage problem will continue over time, as semiconductor production times increased to an average of 21.7 weeks in September.
On the other hand, the shortage of chips not only complicated the production of the iPhone 13, but also created inconveniences for meet the demand for other products from the Apple ecosystem, such as the Apple Watch Series 7 smartwatch.
So far, neither Broadcom ni Texas Instruments they made comments about the inconvenience of sourcing components, while Apple also did not want to officially refer to the reduction in production of the iPhone 13.
Both Broadcom and Texas Instruments rely heavily on manufacturers such as Taiwanese semiconductor company TSMC.
However, the iPhone line is primarily assembled by Foxconn, a company with its facilities in Zhengzhou, China. The location of this plant is considered to be like a small city since it has a large area. It has 5.6 square kilometers and employs more than 350,000 employees.
Apple cell phones are manufactured at Foxconn’s plant in China. Photo: EFE.
Inside the factory there are almost 100 production lines whose main function is to carry out the last step of the assembly and testing of mobile devices. Multitudes of processes are carried out at the facilities, specifically more than 400 steps.
According to data from Susquehanna Financial Group, Semiconductor production lead times increased to an average of 21.7 weeks in September: more than five months that condemn the production and distribution of all kinds of electronic products.
The crisis of chips in the market not only affected Apple’s plans, they also generated inconveniences on the industries, from automotive to electronics, prompting many automakers to even temporarily suspend production.