The iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro series are expecting longer shipments than expected due to supply chain disruptions caused by the COVID current wave in Vietnam. This has limited the supply of some key camera components assembled in Vietnam and used by Apple in the iPhone 13 series.
The lack of components is further exacerbated by Apple using sensor offset stabilization for the entire iPhone 13 line. Until the iPhone 12 series, Apple used sensor offset stabilization only on the iPhone 12 Pro Max, while other models relied on OIS.
“Assemblers can still produce new iPhones, but there is a shortage on offer [in] that the stock of camera modules is dwindling. “There is nothing we can do but monitor the situation in Vietnam on a daily basis and wait for them to increase production,” said one of the spokesmen.
The Nikkei Asia the report states that the supply crisis could improve from mid-October as production at selected Vietnamese plants has increased in recent days.
While it doesn’t count as a major upgrade over the iPhone 12, the lack of stock means the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro series are late with delivery. In the United States, most iPhone 13 Pro models are only available for delivery in four weeks. In Japan and China, selected iPhone 13 models are listed for delivery after five weeks.
The supply of camera components comes at a time when the entire industry is already suffering from a major shortage of semiconductors. In many ways, Apple has not been as affected by the lack of semiconductors as the rest of the industry, but the delivery time of many of its products is longer than usual.
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[Via Nikkei Asia]
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