Apple Reportedly Increasing iPhone 13 Prices to Compensate for Increased Chip Production Cost

Apple is reportedly planning to increase the price of the upcoming iPhone 13 series as a way to compensate for the increased costs of chip production from its leading chip supplier TSMC, according to a report from DigiTimes.

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According to the report, TSMC is planning to increase the costs of its chip production, impacting several customers, including Apple. TSMC is reportedly looking to increase its costs by as much as 20% for its "advanced and mature process technologies." The new changes are expected to go into effect in January.

TSMC has reportedly notified customers of price increases by as much as 20% for its advanced and mature process technologies, with the new prices set to be effective starting January 2022. The price adjustments will also be for the orders scheduled to be fulfilled starting December.

For TSMC's advanced sub-7nm process technologies, quotes will rise by 3-10%, the sources indicated. Apple, the biggest client of TSMC with its orders accounting for over 20% of the foundry's total wafer revenue, will experience a 3-5% price hike, the sources said.

As a way to compensate for the increase of the costs, Apple is reportedly eyeing to increase the costs of the upcoming ‌iPhone 13‌ series to "mitigate the impact of rising costs on their profitability."

While facing rising production costs, brand vendors may end up passing the costs onto end-market customers, the observers said.

Apple is likely to set higher prices for its upcoming iPhone and other series, according to market sources. Multiple notebook brand vendors, which have raised their prices by 5-10% so far this year, continue to explore ways to mitigate the impact of rising costs on their profitability.

Apple this year is preparing some considerable improvements for the ‌iPhone 13‌, including features specifically designed for professional photographers and videographers. On the higher-end models of the upcoming lineup, Apple is rumored to be adding support for ProRes for videos and portrait mode videos. Apple may see both of these features as justification for an increase in price on its most premium iPhones.

Apple is expected to hold an all-digital event which will include the announcement of the ‌iPhone 13‌ and Apple Watch Series 7 in just a few weeks. To catch up on everything we know about the upcoming iPhones, be sure to check out our comprehnsive guide.

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Top Rated Comments

jb-net Avatar
21 weeks ago
I'm sure Apple will lower the prices again as soon as the chip shortage ends and the production get cheaper, like they have always done in the past. Oh wait ...
Score: 64 Votes (Like | Disagree)
T'hain Esh Kelch Avatar
21 weeks ago
- *Sun rises*
- Apple: “It is a sign!” *Raises prices*
Score: 57 Votes (Like | Disagree)
xxray Avatar
21 weeks ago
Apple already increased the price of the standard iPhone 12 by $129 compared to the iPhone 11. ?
Score: 50 Votes (Like | Disagree)
tgwaste Avatar
21 weeks ago
Give me touchID and kill the notch and they can increase the price all they want but not for a phone thats already old before its even out.
Score: 35 Votes (Like | Disagree)
contacos Avatar
21 weeks ago
I mean, the prices have always looked nice in US dollar but it is just insane to see that price tag in something like Euro. Yes, tax is not included in the price blablabla but it still does not come close. I remember those days when Apple only replaced the $ sign with the € sign but now it is like 200 in Euro on top! they also seem to be penny pinching with ridiculous prices like "X Euro and 41 Cent". Even Apple must know their prices are insane, since they are usually promoting the "from" price, based on a monthly financed price now instead of showing the full price straight away. Who would have ever thought you will have to finance a phone?! I know the US loves financing stuff and paying later but that usually does not fly well here.

Thankfully I am not in the market of a new iPhone. I have not even taken advantage of the 12 Pro Max camera yet thanks to going from lockdown to lockdown. Finally will be able to use it for the first time on vacation in a year next week. Also, iOS has advanced so little. What do you need to upgrade for? Only to go back using the same apps on the same Home Screen that you probably haven't been bothered to change in years :D

edit: just realised this post is a lot about "me" lol oh well, it is a forum
Score: 35 Votes (Like | Disagree)
femike Avatar
21 weeks ago
It doesn't look good:
on device scanning,
privacy gone,
higher prices,
no fingerprint reader,
no telephoto lens
Score: 35 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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