What you need to know
- Apple is reportedly pulling in orders from its parts suppliers ahead of iPhone 13 production.
- Apple is expected to announce four iPhone 13 models this September.
Apple has set the production wheels in motion that will ultimately see millions of iPhone 13 handsets stockpiled in its warehouses ahead of an expected September launch, according to a new report.
Citing supply chain sources, DigiTimes reports that Cyntec, in particular, is already benefitting from Apple's moves to make sure iPhone 13 is ready to go this fall, with the company set to post a 25% revenue increase for the second quarter of 2021 thanks purely to iPhone parts orders.
Apple is thought to be getting parts from manufacturers so that it can then begin the mass production of all four iPhone 13 models. The company will need to stockpile millions of the devices before September. In terms of Cyntec, DigiTimes says the company is providing parts that will be used to bring mmWave 5G support to more countries. mmWave 5G is only supported in the United States when using the iPhone 12 lineup.
Apple's schedule is always tight by design, with last year's iPhone 12 launch going awry because of COVID-19 pressures around the globe. Apple missed its normal September window, but no such issue is expected this time around.
Regardless of when it ships, the iPhone 13 lineup will offer the best iPhone Apple has ever sold thanks to increased mmWave 5G support, rumored camera improvements, and a 120Hz ProMotion display for a smoother scrolling experience.
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Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.