Ahead of the profitable Christmas shopping season around the world, Apple would face problems with the supply of power management chips for iPhone 12 and other devices.
According to a report by Bloomberg, Apple is suffering from a power chip shortage due to trade restrictions and supply chain disruptions caused by the pandemic, which unfortunately shows no signs of declining.
The company is working on plans to stop the rot. But it is not clear how much of the impact the deficit will have on operating earnings in the shopping season.
The Bloomberg report does not explain which of Apple’s power chip vendors is dealing with.
In general, most Apple suppliers tend to prioritize other companies.
5G and cameras are power suckers in iPhone 12
Power chips play a vital role in the things of Apple’s iPhone 12. The iPhone 12 caboodle – iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max – are said to be power guzzling, mainly due to 5G connectivity and camera features.
“Apple’s leading chip maker, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., said in October that 5G smartphones require 30% to 40% more chip content than 4G,” the report said.
“During a recent conference call with analysts, Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook warned of supply restrictions for the iPhone 12, Mac, iPad and some Apple Watch models – although he did not specifically mention the power management chips,” the report added. .
Apple had special features for iPhone 12
Apple kind of understood that the new iPhone will be a power consumer, and so had come up with special hardware and software features for the iPhone 12.
For example, the ‘Smart Data Mode’ organically switches between mobile connectivity between 5G and slower, but less invasive, LTE networks, depending on network speeds and device usage.
For the record, the iPhone board includes the Apple A14 Bionic SoC layered with Micron memory, Samsung flash storage, Qualcomm’s 5G and LTE transceiver, Qualcomm’s 5G modem, Apple’s U1 chip and power management controller and an Avago power amplifier and integrated duplexer.
The Apple iPhone 12 has a 6.1-inch Super Retina OLED (828×1792) XDR display and has a dual rear camera, with both cameras capable of recording 4K 60fps. It’s a 12 MP wide camera with an f / 1.6 aperture and a 12 MP ultra-wide shooter with an f / 2.4 aperture and a 120-degree video field. The camera will also receive support for Smart HDR 3 and night mode.
On the inside, it is powered by an A14 Bionic Hexa core chip. It runs on iOS 14 and supports wireless charging as well as proprietary fast charging. It features Sub-6GHz 5G technology.
It is not known whether other devices in the Apple stable face the same production problems or not.
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