iPhone 13 delivery times hit by COVID, new camera supply
What you need to know
- Apple's new iPhone 13 is facing lengthy delivery times.
- A new report points to a COVID wave in Vietnam as one cause.
- Apple is also reportedly facing issues with the supply of a new camera feature.
A new report says that Apple's best iPhone, the iPhone 13, is facing lengthier delivery times because of a COVID-19 wave in Vietnam and supply issues for new camera components.
As reported by Nikkei Asia:
Suppliers had reportedly expected a smooth year because of the iPhone 13's incremental upgrades over the iPhone 12, and stockpiling of key components, however, the expansion of optical image stabilization across the lineup is apparently causing issues:
The report says the situation may hopefully improve "around mid-October" with production resuming at one plant in southern plant in Vietnam following months of disruption.
As the report notes, the iPhone 13 Pro (Sierra Blue, 512GB) has a lead time of five weeks in China and Japan, and four weeks in the U.S. Apparently, even the least popular iPhone, the 13 mini, take 7-10 days to deliver.
Nikkei says that according to sources, Apple's new iPad and iPad mini 6 are also facing longer delivery times because Apple has diverted some chip production to the iPhone. Now, the company also has to contend with power issues:
Analysts are indeed reporting similar impact, Economic Times cites JP Morgan's, Samik Chatterjee:
Chatterjee cites increased demand as well as supply constraints as reason for lengthy lead times. Have you struggled to get your hands on Apple's latest iPhone? Let us know in the comments or over on Twitter.
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