Since the beginning of the year, the world is facing a shortage of semiconductors that affects many industries. And Apple is not immune. Previously, the Cupertino firm had already warned that this situation could affect the Mac and iPad winds. Now, the iPhone is also affected.
As reported by CNBC, during the presentation of its quarterly results, Apple mentioned this situation. The company’s CEO Tim Cook said that supply chain constraints will affect the iPhone and iPad.
This time, the iPhone is affected by the semiconductor shortage
Nevertheless, these constraints do not affect the processors used by Apple products, but other components using older technologies that allow for other features such as display or audio decoding. “The majority of the constraints we’re seeing are of the variety that I think others are seeing, which I would call an industry shortage,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said.
While the firm doesn’t specify the severity of the situation, it does indicate that these constraints will be more severe than those seen in the June quarter. But despite these constraints, Apple should still post significant growth. According to CNBC, the firm’s quarterly revenues should still see double-digit growth compared to the same period in 2020.
iPhone 13: demand should be very high
In any case, Apple is talking about these constraints in the iPhone supply chain as the company prepares for the launch of its new iPhones, the iPhone 13 series. And for now, all indications are that demand will be very high.
In fact, it’s worth noting that even though we’re already awaiting the release of the iPhone 13, the 2020 models are still selling very well. During the previous quarter, the Cupertino firm observed a 50% increase in iPhone revenue compared to the same period in 2020. And during the March quarter, Apple had observed a 65.5% increase in iPhone revenue.
Normally, the next models, the iPhone 13 series, would only be an improved version of the iPhone 12 series. Apple would have opted for an almost identical design, but with a reduction in the size of the notch.
Improvements are also planned for the cameras, as well as for the screen (with the arrival of 120 Hz screens for some models). And of course, Apple should equip its new iPhones with a new processor more powerful than the A14 Bionic of the iPhone 12.
A priori, Apple should not increase its prices. According to rumors, even if the prices of some components have increased because of the shortage of chips, Apple aurhas decided to compensate these additional costs with the revenues generated by its services.