The chip shortage hits the iPhone 13, with Apple reportedly unable to source enough parts to meet its planned manufacturing goals, according to a report from Bloomberg. Apple originally had planned to produce 90 million iPhones in the final months of 2021, but reports suggest that delivery issues with chips from Broadcom and Texas Instruments will cut that number by 10 million (or around 11 percent).
While the primary A15 Bionic SoC on the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro is made by TSMC, there are many other chip-based components inside the phone that come from other sources. As shown by iFixit’s thorough dismantling of the iPhone 13 Pro’s logic board, Texas Instruments and Broadcom are responsible for several key components, including chips for display power management, Face ID’s laser array, USB connectivity, wireless power and more.
Apple CEO Tim Cook had already warned on the company’s third quarter conference call that there could be problems with the chip supply and stated that “we will do everything we can to alleviate the circumstances we are facing” . But it seems that even with the best of efforts and favorable relationships with suppliers, Apple cannot bring together the physical components it takes to make enough iPhones.
It’s likely that Apple will manage to ramp up production at some point, but the reduced production estimate means it will likely be even more difficult to find an (already hard-to-get) iPhone 13 in the coming months.