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iPhone 13 to get major production boost as Apple targets 300M phones in '22

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What you need to know

  • The iPhone 13 could get a big production boost next year.
  • Digitimes reports Apple is planning to increase production by 30% in the first half of 2022.
  • It is also reportedly targeting 300M iPhones next year.

A new report claims Apple is set to give its best iPhone, the iPhone 13, a major production boost in 2022.

Digitimes reports that Apple "has decided to boost iPhone shipments by 30% in the first half of 2022." The report cites a source in the South Korean parts industry and says the move means Apple could challenge shipments of some 300M devices. Digitimes is a known source of inside information regarding Apple however its accuracy rating has slipped significantly in recent months. It is often more on target regarding supply chain matters such as this, as opposed to specific device features and hardware changes.

The report makes some sense, given that Apple has recently reportedly cut iPhone production because of chip shortages. From October:

As reported by Bloomberg, the company could decrease iPhone 13 production for 2021 by as many as 10 million units, according to "people familiar with the matter."The company had expected to produce 90 million new iPhone models in the last three months of the year, but it's now telling manufacturing partners that the total will be lower because Broadcom Inc. and Texas Instruments Inc. are struggling to deliver enough components, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the situation is private.

The entire iPhone 13 range is pretty hard to get hold of with large wait times for some customers. It makes sense, therefore, that Apple might try to compensate and catch up with demand by boosting supply early next year.

Of course, the 300M iPhone unit target will be largely dependent on the success of the iPhone 14. Early rumors state this could debut a new design reminiscent of the old iPhone 4 and 4S.

Stephen Warwick
Stephen Warwick

Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design.

Before becoming a writer Stephen studied Ancient History at University and also worked at Apple for more than two years. Stephen is also a host on the iMore show, a weekly podcast recorded live that discusses the latest in breaking Apple news, as well as featuring fun trivia about all things Apple.