Apple to Ramp up iPhone 13 Chip Orders While Scaling Down Previous Models

Apple will be ramping up its orders for iPhone 13 chips by successfully reducing the orders made for older generations that the company still has on the market. This fluctuation will hopefully compensate for the demand the iPhone 13 series is seeing following its launch.

According to a report from DigiTimes, Apple will be scaling down its chip orders for iPhone 12 and older iPhone models in order to ramp up orders for the iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro Max, and iPhone 13 mini. Company TSMC, which supplies the chips for iPhone 13, will be handling the changed scaling.

Apple has scaled down its chip orders for older-generation iPhones, while ramping up wafer starts at TSMC for its iPhone 13, the sources said. Apple has also not made any changes to its chip orders placed with TSMC for 2021, the sources noted.

Alongside the iPhone 12, Apple continues to sell the iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 11, and iPhone SE 2. All other models have already been shelved upon the launch of the iPhone 13.

Demand for the iPhone 13 series has been high, as expected. In Canada, shipment delays for new orders can be anywhere as high as a month. Coupled with supply issues that many brands and devices have seen throughout the pandemic, it’s easy to see why Apple has had to alter its chip orders in order to keep up with demand for its new flagship device.

DigiTimes also reports that TSMC is still on track to move ahead in its 3nm process technology to the volume production phase by Q2 2022. Monthly output of the new 3nm process is expected to reach as high as 55,000 wafers each month. It will first be adopted by Apple for its future iPhone.