The global shortage of electronic chips has sparked controversy over the manufacture of all shipments iPhone 13 That launched without a dip, with a report that Apple is unable to source enough parts to meet its planned manufacturing goals, Bloomberg quoted The Verege as saying.
Apple originally planned to produce 90 million iPhones in the final months of 2021, but is said to have cut that number by 10 million (or about 11%) due to supply issues with chips from Broadcom and Texas Instruments.
While the base A15 Bionic SoC on the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro is made by TSMC, there are plenty of other chip-based components inside the phone that come from other sources.
As iFixit’s extensive takedown of the iPhone 13 Pro logic board shows, Texas Instruments and Broadcom are responsible for several key components, including chips that handle display power management, a Face ID laser array, USB connectivity, wireless power and more.
Apple CEO Tim Cook had already warned on the company’s third-quarter earnings call that it could have issues with supplying chips, noting that “we’ll do everything we can to mitigate any set of circumstances we’re dealing with.” But it seems that even with Apple’s best efforts and favorable relationships with suppliers, it can’t pull together the hardware it needs to make iPhones.
It’s possible that Apple will eventually be able to ramp up production, but the reduced manufacturing estimate means the iPhone 13 will likely be harder to find.