09 Nov 2020 -
 General

Power chip shortages causing problems for iPhone

Apple are struggling to source vital chips that manage power consumption in iPhones and other devices, says the Taipei Times here.

Insiders commented that the shortages are complicating Apple’s ability to meet holiday demand for the latest version of its marquee gadget, but it remains unclear “to what extent the bottleneck might limit iPhone availability during its crucial launch quarter, typically Apple’s busiest.”

Increasing demand for silicon across a range of products and supply-chain disruptions from COVID-19 are the main causes of the shortage, says the Taiwanese publication.

“Main Apple chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC, 台積電) last month said that 5G smartphones require 30 to 40 percent more chip content versus 4G. That and uncertainty over the course of the pandemic is spurring customers to cache components for fear of running out, especially after major smartphone maker Huawei Technologies Co (華為) had stocked up massively ahead of a September deadline for US sanctions.

“The stockpiling compounds lingering issues across a global electronics industry still recovering from rolling lockdowns that snarled transport routes and cut off workers from factories earlier this year. Disruptions are expected to persist over the next two quarters,” reports Taipei Times.

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