Apple launched four new iPhone 13 models earlier this year in India and other international markets. The company’s latest iPhone models come with a starting price tag of Rs 69,900 in India and go all the way up to Rs 1,79,900 for the top-tier storage option. Despite the premium price tag, the 2021 iPhone models have been a favourite among users. The demand is such that many configurations and models of the Apple iPhone 13 series are out of stock. Apple is also struggling to keep up with the demand owing to the ongoing supply chain constraints. Based on the latest report, it seems like one might find it difficult to buy the new iPhone models until February 2022.
Apple iPhone 13 supply shortage
A DigiTimes report (via GSMArena), citing supply chain sources, claims that Apple is unlikely to match the demand for its new iPhones till February next year. Although the company has not suffered as badly compared to other smartphone manufacturers, it is now seeing an impact as we approach the holiday season in the West. Even in many parts of India, users have reported that they are unable to buy the new iPhones, especially the top-end iPhone 13 Pro Max. The supply-demand gap is such that Apple reportedly has cut down the iPad production by 50 percent and used the common parts in its iPhones.
The good news for Apple is that supply chains have managed to accelerate the iPhone 13 production to a certain extent by increasing the production of integrated circuit boards embedded within the iPhone. However, with the festive season approaching in many parts of the world, the demand for the new iPhones could increase, leading to further increasing the gap.
Apple CEO Tim Cook, in the company’s recent earnings call, said that the company suffered a loss of $6 billion due to the ongoing chip shortage. We can expect this number to rise as the year ends.
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