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Apple said to be facing shortage in LiDAR parts and power chips for iPhone 12

By Cookie Monster - on 5 Nov 2020, 9:09pm

Apple said to be facing shortage in LiDAR parts and power chips for iPhone 12

The Apple iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro.

Apple is reportedly facing shortages of critical components for the iPhone 12 models. 

Sources with knowledge of the matter told Bloomberg that Apple is struggling with supply shortages of power chips for the iPhone 12. This is due to the spike in demand for silicon across its range of products and continued supply chain disruptions from the Covid-19 pandemic. The power chips are considered criticial components as Apple introduced more advanced camera features and 5G connectivity in the iPhone 12 models. 

Nikkei Asian Review added that Apple is facing supply constraints for the LiDAR components, which are used for depth-sensing imaging features on the iPhone 12 Pro. Apple is said to have reallocated some components intended for the iPad Pros to the iPhone 12 Pro according to two sources. One source claims that this has affected about two million units in overall iPad production compared to the previous production plan.

The waiting time for an iPhone 12 Pro if you order today is about two to three weeks in Singapore. A similar situation is observed in the U.S where new iPhone Pro orders will only arrive in end November or early December.

Source: Bloomberg, Nikkei Asian Review

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