New report says that Apple remains resilient to global chip shortage while Android brands struggle

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What you need to know

  • Android manufacturers are struggling to maintain supply due to the global chip shortage.
  • The shortage is, according to one manager, affecting "everybody but Apple,"

The global chip shortage is now affecting "everybody but Apple."

As reported by PCMag, the global chip shortage that has been going on for the past year is now affecting the availability of Android phones with carriers in the United States. According to research from Wave7, Apple beat most other brands to securing chips.

"Sources have told Wave7 Research that Apple was able to lock down chipset supply well ahead of time. This was not the case for other OEMs," says Jeff Moore, principal at Wave7. Wave7 produces monthly reports on the US mobile-phone market based on surveys of retailers.

According to the report, the shortage is affecting carriers differently as well. While AT&T is not as heavily impacted due to its large customer base of Apple users, T-Mobile is struggling to keep up with the demand for its Android models.

The shortage is "uneven by carrier, channel, and even by store," the Wave7 report says. AT&T is least affected, but only because AT&T has the most iPhone-heavy customer base. At T-Mobile, the shortage is affecting "everybody but Apple," a store manager told Wave7.

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Today's report lines up with another from yesterday that revealed the resilience of the iPhone 12 lineup's sales performance in July. Whereas the iPhone usually sees a dip in sales as it gets closer to a new release, this year is quite different.

According to the report, the popularity of the iPhone 12 lineup and the supply issues experienced by Android manufacturers are contributing to the sustained sales performance of the iPhone, potentially right up until the company announces the iPhone 13.

Apple is expected to announce its latest iPhone at a virtual event in September.

Joe Wituschek

Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.