According to a new report from Nikkei Asia.
The iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max all feature Sensor-Shift Optical Image Stabilization, a feature that was previously exclusive to the iPhone 12 Pro Max, and the extension functionality would be the root cause of producing difficulties.
According to today’s report, expanding the sensor-displacement OIS to all models in the 2021 iPhone lineup has put a strain on Apple suppliers as demand for the system is drastically. higher, adding to the pressure to meet Apple’s high-quality standards, increasing demand, and tackling the global health crisis.
This has forced suppliers to increase production without compromising production quality, amid severe restrictions due to COVID.
“Assemblers can still produce the new iPhones, but there is a lack of supply [in] that stocks of camera modules are running out, ”one of the executives with first-hand knowledge told Nikkei Asia. “There is nothing we can do except monitor the situation in Vietnam every day and wait for them to ramp up production.
According to early estimates shared by analysts, demand for the new iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro has been high. This year’s iPhone features massive improvements over the iPhone 12, including a ProMotion display, a smaller notch, and more premium camera features.
Nikkie Asia reports that production issues are expected to begin to subside in mid-October, but adds that some of Apple’s other vendors, such as Foxconn and Pegatron, may start to experience issues in the near future. On the other hand, strong demand for the iPhone 13 is leading some Apple suppliers to prioritize the tech giant Cupertino over other customers.
The situation could improve as early as mid-October, as production at one of the main iPhone camera module manufacturing facilities in southern Vietnam has gradually resumed in recent days after several months of intermittent disruption, said another frame close to the situation. Nikkei.
So far, major iPhone assemblers Foxconn, Pegatron and Luxshare have not yet been significantly affected by the power outages, Nikkei has learned. But still unknown is the scope of a potential chain reaction of production shutdowns among manufacturers of materials, components, modules and parts.
Apple’s suppliers also had to contend with reduced working hours due to new energy restrictions in China, which ultimately impacted production.