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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.

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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.

Article Link: Apple Reportedly Using iPad Components in iPhone 13 to Offset Shortages
 
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dantracht

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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.
 

headlessmike

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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.

I'm in a similar situation trying to get a new iPad mini.
 

calstanford

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Apple has nothing in their stores in Hong Kong and nothing to deliver before December or later. No new iPhones, no new iPads. Can't imagine this to be a good quarter for them as they only get $$ when they actually have something to sell. Showing it off in keynotes is one thing, getting it to customers another.
 

Shirasaki

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There goes the fallacy of unlimited growth which wall streets demands.

Wonder how long exactly will shortage impact last this time around. At the same time, I expect more similar shortages coming in the near future just because there’s not much resources left.
 

TheSynchronizer

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There will likely come a day when shortages are months longer than just going into December. Might even force the iphone to eventually be a bi-yearly release.
 
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