Apple Set to Increase LiDAR Chip Orders on Strong Demand for iPhone 12 Pro

Demand for iPhone 12 Pro has been so strong among consumers that Apple's delivery lead time from manufacturers has had to be extended, according to Taiwanese industry publication DigiTimes.

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As a result of increased demand for ‌iPhone 12 Pro‌, particularly in the U.S., Apple is reportedly set to increase its orders of VCSEL chips for the LiDAR scanners that feature in the model.

Apple is placing more orders for VCSEL chips as delivery lead-time for pre-orders of the ‌iPhone 12 Pro‌ has now extended to 2-3 weeks compared 2-3 days for the iPhone 12, said the sources.

The popularity for the Pro model appears to have caught Apple by surprise, as the company had reportedly prepared more stocks for the more affordable ‌iPhone 12‌ on the assumption that demand would be higher for the entry-level 6.1-inch model.

Based on the sales of ‌iPhone 12 Pro‌, some supply chain manufacturers are now said to be confident that demand momentum for VCSEL chips as well as Face ID 3D sensors will continue for a while after Apple starts shipping the 6.7-inch ‌iPhone 12 Pro‌ Max on Friday, November 13.

Taiwan-based GaAs foundry Win Semiconductor, which is reportedly engaged in production of VCSEL chips for the ‌iPhone 12 Pro‌, now says its business prospects for the fourth-quarter 2020 will be brighter than those seen in the previous quarter, thanks to the strong demand.

The ‌iPhone 12‌ and ‌iPhone 12 Pro‌ became available for pre-order on Friday, October 16 with a launch following on Friday, October 23. The ‌iPhone 12‌ is priced starting at $799 for 64GB of storage, with 128 and 256GB available for an extra fee. Meanwhile the Pro model is priced starting at $999 for 128GB of storage, with 256 and 512GB of storage available for $1,099 or $1,299, respectively.

Related Roundup: iPhone 12 Pro

Top Rated Comments

davidec Avatar
4 weeks ago
My 12 Pro is lovely. Night mode portraits are lovely, 512GB are lovely. Midnight blue is - lovely! Good Job Apple.
Score: 21 Votes (Like | Disagree)
diego.caraballo Avatar
4 weeks ago


LiDAR, which says my wife is 5’1 and she’s really 4’11.

Your wife is defective then. Raise a ticket with the Apple Support App and they will sent a replacement wife compatible with Apple LiDAR. Remember to backup your old wife before shipment. (Just the good stuff)
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Radeon85 Avatar
4 weeks ago
The regular 12 is just pointless to be honest, they should have just simplified the lineup with the 12 mini, 12 pro and 12 pro max.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Newjackboy Avatar
4 weeks ago
This is the same story each year. The pro models are always more popular upon release due to more tech savvy and affluent buyers right at the start. Over the 12 month cycle you will see more popularity for the cheaper 12, as upgrades become due, Christmas season and day to day purchases ramp up
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
hellosil Avatar
4 weeks ago
LiDAR and U1 are going to change the world.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
imac ios x Avatar
4 weeks ago
Honestly what did they expect. In most countries outside the us the price difference between 12 and 12 pro is barely 230$. While the difference between the 11 and 11 pro was 450$. Saying this in euro. A 11 cost 650 euro, while the 11 pro was 1159. Now the 12 cost 959 euro, while the 12 pro is 1159. Just a little more for a lot more
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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