Apple Reportedly Using iPad Components in iPhone 13 to Offset Shortages

Amid long waiting times for iPhone 13 models around the world, Apple has reportedly reallocated iPad parts to make up for shortages, in another signal that the global paucity of chips is impacting Apple's supply chain.

iphone 13 pro max display bleen
‌iPad‌ and iPhone share common components including core and peripheral chips, which means Apple is able to shift supplies between the devices to prioritize one or the other, reports Nikkei Asia.

Production of the iPad was down 50% from Apple's original plans for the past two months, sources briefed on the matter said, adding that parts intended for older iPhones were also being moved to the iPhone 13.

Apple foresees stronger demand for ‌iPhone 13‌ models, especially in the months immediately following launch that lead into the holiday season. Nevertheless, demand for iPads remains strong, with total ‌iPad‌ shipments in the first nine months of this year totaling 40.3 million, up 17.83% from the same time a year ago, according to IDC data.

The last time Apple prioritized iPhones over iPads was last year, when it reallocated some ‌iPad‌ parts to the iPhone 12 amid supply chain constraints during the peak of the global health crisis.

Apple's financial results for the fourth fiscal quarter of 2021 revealed all-time record revenues for Mac and Services, but Apple's performance was only roughly in line with analyst expectations and was almost certainly held back by component shortages that have led to lengthy shipping estimates for many products.

Related Roundups: iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro
Related Forum: iPhone

Top Rated Comments

Green Valkyrie Avatar
7 months ago
Doesn't surprise me, they've put an iPhone component in the MacBook Pro screen ;)
Score: 42 Votes (Like | Disagree)
KrisLord Avatar
7 months ago
The headline suggests the build of the iPhone is different as it’s now using iPad components.

In reality there’s a shortage of shared components so they’re being used by the most important product.

The same decision happens in every business when there’s material shortages.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
frifra Avatar
7 months ago
The M1 iPhone I was waiting for :cool:
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TGM85 Avatar
7 months ago

To be specific, what components?
Displays ?
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
dantracht Avatar
7 months ago
The wait time for the 13pm I would have wanted was one of the main factors that led me to choose to hang onto my 11pm and just wait for the 14pm. Would have had a 5 week wait. I did give the 13 non pro a passing thought, but I shouldn’t have to compromise to get something sooner.

My 11pm is still going strong, so at that point I might as well wait.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
redbeard331 Avatar
7 months ago
Hello, my iPhone has 16gb of ram.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Related Stories

aapl 1q22 line

Apple Reports Record 1Q 2022 Results: $34.6B Profit on $123.9B Revenue

Thursday January 27, 2022 1:37 pm PST by
Apple today announced financial results for the first fiscal quarter of 2022, which corresponds to the fourth calendar quarter of 2021. For the quarter, Apple posted revenue of $123.9 billion and net quarterly profit of $34.6 billion, or $2.10 per diluted share, compared to revenue of $111.4 billion and net quarterly profit of $28.8 billion, or $1.68 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter...
What to Expect Apple 2022

Apple Building Momentum for 2022 Releases as Supply Chain Recovers

Monday January 10, 2022 8:40 am PST by
Apple's supply chain is finally recovering from shortages as it prepares for a slate of new product launches in 2022, DigiTimes reports. In a paywalled report, DigiTimes claims that Apple's supply chain partners are expected to "remain in high gear" through February 2022 as demand for the latest iPhone, iPad, and MacBook Pro models remain strong. Apple faced severe component shortages and...
iphone 13 pro max display bleen

Apple Sold Over 40 Million iPhone 13 Models During the Holiday Season, Says Wedbush Analyst

Monday January 3, 2022 3:49 am PST by
Apple sold north of 40 million iPhone 13 models over the holiday period in a record number for the company, despite industry-wide chip shortages, according to Wedbush analyst Daniel Ives. Last year, reports began emerging that demand for iPhone 13 models was slowing ahead of the holidays as delivery estimates for ‌iPhone 13‌ models started to improve. However in a new note to...
new m1 chip

Upcoming iPad Air Rumored to Feature M1 Chip

Monday March 7, 2022 2:20 pm PST by
The updated iPad Air that Apple is expected to unveil at tomorrow's "Peek Performance" event could include the same M1 chip that's featured in the 2021 iPad Pro, according to information shared by 9to5Mac. Last year's iPad Pro was the first iPad to get Apple's M-series chip, and adding the M1 to the iPad Air would put iPad Air performance on par with the current iPad Pro models and the 2020...
Apple Logo Cash Orange 1

Former Apple Employee Charged With Defrauding Company of Over $10 Million

Monday March 21, 2022 3:57 am PDT by
A former Apple employee involved in the company's supply chain and responsible for making order purchases and invoicing them back to Apple has been charged by U.S prosecutors for defrauding the tech giant of over $10 million, Reuters reports. According to court filings in San Jose, California seen by Reuters, Dhirendra Prasad, a former employee in Apple's supply chain, is facing five...
iPhone 13 Feature Candy Corn

iPhone Was the Most Popular Smartphone in Q4 2021

Tuesday January 18, 2022 5:50 am PST by
iPhones accounted for around one-fifth of all smartphone shipments in the fourth quarter of 2021, allowing Apple to reclaim first place as the biggest smartphone vendor, according to a report from Canalys. Canalys estimates that the iPhone accounted for 22 percent of worldwide smartphone shipments in the fourth quarter of 2021. The scale of Apple's shipments is thanks to strong demand for...
iphone 13 pro max display bleen

Nikkei Does Deep Dive Into Apple's 'Nightmare Before Christmas' Supply Chain Issues

Tuesday December 7, 2021 2:16 pm PST by
At the beginning of October when device production typically ramps up, Apple cut iPhone and iPad assembly for several days because of supply chain constraints and "restrictions on the use of power in China," reports Nikkei. In a detailed report on Apple's iPhone production woes, Nikkei says that Foxconn, Pegatron, and other Apple suppliers ramped down on production for the first time in more ...
foldpad filmic twitter

Apple's Even Bigger iPad Pro Could Be Foldable

Friday March 25, 2022 2:00 am PDT by
Apple could be working on an even larger, foldable iPad Pro model, multiple reports appear to indicate. Display Supply Chain Consultants (DSCC) analyst Ross Young recently claimed that Apple is exploring the possibility of offering notebooks with foldable displays. The company is said to be discussing such devices with displays around 20 inches in size with its suppliers. This display size...

Popular Stories

iPhone 14 Pro Purple Front and Back MacRumors Exclusive

iPhone 14 Pro Renders Highlight Multiple Design Changes

Wednesday May 25, 2022 8:56 am PDT by
Leaker Jon Prosser today shared ostensibly accurate renders of the iPhone 14 Pro, providing the most accurate look yet at what the device could look like when it launches later this year. In the latest video on YouTube channel Front Page Tech, Prosser revealed renders of the iPhone 14 Pro made by Apple concept graphic designer Ian Zelbo, highlighting a range of specific design changes...
iPhone 13 Always On Feature

iPhone 14 Pro Screen Refresh Rate Upgrade Could Allow for Always-On Display

Tuesday May 24, 2022 7:23 am PDT by
Last year's iPhone 13 Pro models were the first of Apple's smartphones to come with 120Hz ProMotion displays, and while the two iPhone 14 Pro models will continue to feature the technology, their screens could well boast expanded refresh rate variability this time round. To bring ProMotion displays to the ‌iPhone 13 Pro models‌, Apple adopted LTPO panel technology with variable refresh...
iPad Pro USB C Feature Coral

Deals: Apple's iPad Pro Reaches Up to $449 Off in Amazon's Latest Sales

Wednesday May 25, 2022 10:09 am PDT by
Amazon is marking down a wide variety of 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models this week, with prices starting as low as $749.00 for the 11-inch tablet. You'll find the full list of sales below, all of which can be found on Amazon. Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with some of these vendors. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep...
apple account card

Wallet App Now Supports Apple Account Cards on iOS 15.5

Wednesday May 25, 2022 5:01 pm PDT by
Apple appears to have recently updated the Wallet app to allow users to add an Apple Account Card, which displays the Apple credit balance associated with an Apple ID. If you receive an App Store or Apple Store gift card, for example, it is added to an Apple Account that was previously visible in the App Store and Apple Store apps. As of today, the Apple Account balance can also be added to...
Apple Tap to Pay iPhone

Apple Stores Rolling Out iPhone-to-iPhone Contactless Payments Starting Today

Wednesday May 25, 2022 6:54 am PDT by
Apple in February unveiled a new "Tap to Pay on iPhone" feature that will allow compatible iPhones to accept payments via Apple Pay, contactless credit and debit cards, and other digital wallets, with no additional hardware required. Apple began testing the feature at its Apple Park Visitor Center earlier this month, and now Bloomberg's Mark Gurman has tweeted that the feature will begin...
apple wwdc 2022

Apple Shares WWDC 2022 Schedule, Keynote to Take Place June 6 at 10:00 a.m PT

Tuesday May 24, 2022 9:06 am PDT by
Apple today confirmed that the keynote event for the Worldwide Developers Conference will begin at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time on June 6, the first day of WWDC. The keynote will be an online-only event, though a select number of developers have been invited to the Apple Park campus for a viewing event. In addition to confirming the keynote date and time, Apple has shared the full WWDC 2022...