Report: iPhone 13 production down 20% during September and October

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Apple Inc.’s iPhone 13 smartphone production is down 20% from previous plans in September and October, Nikkei reported Wednesday, citing informed sources.

The holiday quarter is one of the busiest for the company as many consumers seek to buy its products as gifts, weeks before Christmas, however, after the launch of the iPhone 13 and new iPads range in September, a major threat looms on Apple as It strives to keep up with global chip shortages and supply chain disruptions.

CEO Tim Cook told Reuters in October that the impact of supply chain challenges would be worse during the holiday sales quarter than in the previous quarter, and Nikkei reported that in October, for the first time in more than a decade, iPhone and iPad assembly was halted for several days due to restrictions The supply chain and restrictions on energy use in China.

During September and October, the reallocation of shared components further shrunk the iPad range, reducing production volumes by about 50% than planned, while production expectations for older generations of iPhones also decreased by about 25%, Nikkei added.

In addition, Apple told parts suppliers that demand for its iPhone 13 lineup has slowed, Bloomberg News reported.



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