Thursday, Sep 30, 2021, 19:55 Economy

iPhone 13 Facing Delivery Issues – Long Wait Times Expected

It's not particularly surprising news that a new Apple product is experiencing delivery wait times. In fact, it's quite often to be expected. In this case, however, there's some background to the current situation – the worldwide chip shortage caused by factory shutdowns at the start of the coronavirus. According to a recent report, Apple has been more heavily impacted by the shortages than previously expected. Thus, all 4 variants of the iPhone 13 are likely to witness widespread delivery delays. The new camera system has been identified as the primary cause, particularly the new "Sensor Shift" control sensor. Whereas only the top models of the previous iPhone generation received the part, all 4 release models of the iPhone 13 are equipped with the feature.

Camera Modules Causing Production Bottlenecks
As reported, Apple's suppliers are having an exceptionally hard time delivering appropriate quantities. Although they could quite simply mass-produce more components, there would be a noticeable hit to quality – a compromise considered unacceptable by Apple. At the moment Apple is faced with a less than satisfactory situation and will simply have to wait the problem out. However, current prognoses from Cupertino indicate that delivery capacity should increase by the middle of October. One production partner in Vietnam hit by multiple halts to production should be resuming full operations soon.

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Current iPhone Delivery Times
In the US, the current delivery situation for the iPhone 13 Pro requires a wait until the first week of November to actually receive the ordered product – regardless of model, capacity, or color. The situation is slightly better for the iPhone 13 mini and the standard iPhone 13, but not much – delivery prognoses are still until the end of October and October 21st is currently the earliest prognosis as of today. Meanwhile, it's difficult to foresee how quickly the situation will normalize. In the eventuality that there are only enough camera modules by the middle of October, current bottlenecks could carry on over into November.

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