Component shortages are also impacting iPhone 12 production. All tech industries face an unprecedented shortage of materials to build their devices, and Apple is no exception. It is still difficult to predict when things will return to normal.
The watchword of the last few months is undoubtedly “shortage“. All tech sectors are affected by the drop in the production of their component suppliers. Of course, there is a lot of talk about the PS5 and Xbox Series X out-of-stocks, which could continue until Christmas 2021. But Sony and Microsoft are not the only ones suffering the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic: Apple also shows difficulties to manufacture its iPhone 12 in sufficient quantity. Pro models would also be the most affected by the situation.
“The pandemic, social distancing in factories and increasing competition from the tablet, laptop and electric car industry has created one of the most difficult situations for the supply of smartphone components in many years. years ”, explains Neil Mawston, analyst at Strategy Analytics, before specifying that the price of components has increased by 15 to 30% during the last six months. The more expensive components, such as displays and chipsets, are not spared.
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Cannot predict the end of the shortage
The situation, already very difficult for manufacturers to manage, does not seem ready to come to an end. She might even get worse in the coming months, according to experts. Indeed, the demand is increasing in the face of the shortage, and factories are for the moment unable to keep up imposed by the market. Industries then have no other choice than to find internal solutions to get around the problem as well as possible. Apple is notably using components from the iPad Pro to produce its iPhone 12, in an attempt to keep up the pace.
The Cupertino company does not hide its difficulties: it recently declared that the demand for its flagships is too high to be able to satisfy everyone. In particular, it is struggling to obtain chips dedicated to energy management and components that allow the use of LiDAR. All industries seem affected. At the end of last year, the shortage of Nvidia RTX 3070, 3080 and 3090 hit the market hard, again for reasons of too much demand compared to production capacities.