Supply Chain Issues Will Make It Harder to Get a New iPhone in 2021 (and 2022)

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It may become more difficult to get an iPhone 13 this holiday season. According to a new report from The Wall Street Journal, the great chip shortage won’t allow Apple to produce as many iPhones as expected.

Unfortunately, the current health crisis due to the pandemic has created an ongoing problem for chip suppliers – this then affects Foxconn, one of Apple’s largest iPhone producers.

This issue has led many companies to face a shortage of products, including Apple, and it likely won’t keep up with the current demand for iPhone 13. If you need an iPhone, you should order one as soon as possible.

What’s worse is that, according to rumors, Foxconn isn’t the only company that’s been having shortage issues. Reports say that Apple’s also facing shortages from other suppliers, like Broadcom, which supplies wireless components, and Texas Instruments, the company that provides Apple with chips for the iPhone’s OLED display.

Apple’s Ongoing Fight with Chip Shortages

The company’s been facing chip shortage issues for months, struggling to keep up with the demand for its most popular products, including the iPad, iPhone, Apple Watch, and Mac.

In previous quarters, Apple said the chip shortage resulted in losses of $6 billion. That amount is expected to grow this holiday season. Reports also show that Apple will cut its goals. Apple originally expected to produce 90 million iPhones in the last three months of 2021. Now, it’s expected that the company will reduce its production goals by 11%, or a little over 10 million iPhones.

The worst part of all of this is that it seems the problem will continue throughout next year. Reports show that the chip shortage will continue in 2022, and it’ll possibly take longer than that for chip manufacturers and supply to return to normal.

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