Kuo: iPhone 13 Models Won't Face Mass Production Delays Like iPhone 12 Lineup

While the iPhone 12 lineup launched later than usual due to the COVID-19 pandemic, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo today forecasted that mass production of so-called iPhone 13 models with a new A15 chip will revert back to Apple's usual timeframe.

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In a typical year, Apple begins mass production of iPhones in the early summer, but reports indicated that mass production of iPhone 12 models did not begin until September, leading Apple to postpone its usual iPhone event in September until October for the first time since 2011. iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro models launched on October 23, followed by the iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max on November 13.

Kuo also dismissed concerns that Apple supplier TSMC's capacity utilization rate for A14 chips is set to drop from 100% to 80% in the first quarter of 2021, noting that this is largely due to seasonality factors. The analyst said iPhone demand remains strong, particularly for iPhone 12 Pro models, which have faced some camera-related component shortages contributing to extended shipping estimates on Apple.com.

With mass production of iPhone 13 models expected to follow a more typical schedule next year, it is certainly possible that the devices could be unveiled in September again as usual, but nothing is for certain amid the global health crisis.

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Top Rated Comments

johannnn Avatar
21 weeks ago
LOL at this news. 2020 was a once-in-a-century event. The world have done an awesome job adapting, so factories won’t have to shut down even if we still have corona next summer.

Of course iPhone 13 won’t face the same delays. My grandma could’ve predict that too.
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Powerguru Avatar
21 weeks ago
Thank you. Best news ever.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
koil Avatar
21 weeks ago
Come on iPhone 13 Pro mini!

I won't buy it since I got the iPhone 12 mini and am extremely happy with it, but I want the form factor to get the Pro love it deserves.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Voyageur Avatar
21 weeks ago

LOL at this news. 2020 was a once-in-a-century event. The world have done an awesome job adapting, so factories won’t have to shut down even if we still have corona next summer.

Of course iPhone 13 won’t face the same delays. My grandma could’ve predict that too.
at the end of 2019, almost no one had any idea what 2020 would be like and how it would affect our life. I might surprise you, but now is the end of 2020 and we don't know what 2021 could be. Including alien invasion
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
EmotionalSnow Avatar
21 weeks ago

TouchID? Notchless? MiniLED?
Why would anybody want MiniLED when we already have OLED?

I'd be happy with the return of TouchID and leaving the small notch. People will complain of it looking off balance, but this year has proven to me that TouchID > FaceID
I disagree. Just because 2020 is a ****ed up year does not mean that Face ID is suddenly bad - I’m for iPhones with both Face ID and Touch ID.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Apple_Robert Avatar
21 weeks ago
I think the majority of people who care about this kind of news are the Apple upgrade people, who whine and moan about the possibility of having to make an extra payment for a phone they are still using.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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