The supply of Apple’s newest flagship device, the iPhone 13, isn’t expected to dramatically improve until February 2022. Component shortages have impacted the company’s ability to keep up with demand. Though shortages do appear to be improving slightly.
Since its launch in September, the iPhone 13 has been a sought-after device. The premium new smartphone from Apple has seen a large demand. Due to the pandemic, the global chip shortage has affected numerous companies. In a report from DigiTimes, locked behind a paywall, there’s hope that the shortage may be drawing closer to the end. The report states that suppliers are able to increase production. However, manufacturing in order to meet demand will continue through to “next February.”
The shortage of IC components emerging in early October for iPhone 13 series is gradually easing as suppliers increase production, with assemblers on track to step up manufacturing through next February to meet terminal demand, according to supply chain sources.
Given that it will take until February, the chip shortage will undoubtedly play a role in Apple’s holiday season. Recent reports have indicated that Apple’s record-setting holiday quarter is threatened by chip shortages. It’s not only the iPhone that has seen the effects of the shortage. Mac products, iPads, etc. all see longer delivery times for orders due to supply and demand constraints.
There is light at the end of the tunnel, however. This report does make it seem as though the chip supply will begin to improve into the new year, giving Apple a chance to breathe after months of heavy demand.