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Major iPhone supplier Foxconn says that it expects the ongoing chip shortage to continue well into the second half of next year, prolonging struggles of manufacturers, including Apple, to keep up with consumer demand, The Wall Street Journal reports.

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Apple has been dealing with the chip shortage for the past several quarters, but it only started significantly impacting Apple’s business in the most recent quarter. The shortage of specific components and production constraints related to the ongoing public health crisis have impacted iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac availability. Apple said that this past quarter, the shortages cost it $6 billion, and it expects the impact to be even more significant for the holiday season.

Foxconn is Apple's largest supplier for the iPhone, and while some reports suggest that production is improving, it's still a length away from being entirely normal. As the holiday season approaches, Apple is encouraging customers to get their holiday orders in early to ensure they receive them in time for the holidays, and the company has provided "order by" dates for some of its most popular products.

Article Link: Largest iPhone Supplier Says Chip Shortage to Drag Into Second Half of 2022
 

jz0309

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The “chip shortage” is rather complex, new nodes, eg 5nm are fine, older nodes are not and a lot of companies are hording inventory so some of it is artificial. Also interesting to note is that RAM and flash prices are leveling out and even start declining again, an indication that the PC market will decline again.
I think that the chip shortage as in wafer fab is going to end in H1 22 but that is only part of the supply chain.

Overall supply chain is a big mess and it will take long to recover.
 

JM

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Got my holiday order in two weeks before the extended return period. Oopsy ?
 

munpip214

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A lot of the chip shortage is not the actual silicon processors for consumer computers but the other smaller digital and analog components that are needed by almost all electronics such as voltage regulators and touch controllers. That’s why it is affecting so many categories of consumer products.
 
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webkit

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I'm surprised that the chip/supply shortage. supply chain, inflation, etc. issues haven't had an impact on new retail prices and used/trade-in values of existing devices similar to what's happened to car prices.

Phone and computer prices have actually remained pretty stable and Apple even recently dropped trade-in values.
 
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julesme

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My recommendation, If you don’t really need a new iPhone don’t buy one I would say. If you have an iPhone X to 12, keep it until it stops getting iOS updates. Yes, some will say, it’s your freedom, right and money. But it’s just my opinion.

Unclear how “keep your device for as long as possible” relates at all to the chip shortage. Otherwise, I agree it’s sound and prudent advice for all seasons.
 
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JM

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The “chip shortage” is rather complex, new nodes, eg 5nm are fine, older nodes are not and a lot of companies are hording inventory so some of it is artificial. Also interesting to note is that RAM and flash prices are leveling out and even start declining again, an indication that the PC market will decline again.
I think that the chip shortage as in wafer fab is going to end in H1 22 but that is only part of the supply chain.

Overall supply chain is a big mess and it will take long to recover.
Your comments made me wonder if Apple would do something like next year on the iPhones released they have a similar chip to this year and do upgrades in other ways

Like how they went from series 4 and series 5 Apple Watch without much of a chip difference
 

rjjacobson

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I have a bad feeling that these supply chain issues are going to drag on into 2023 :(
I agree, glad I got my 13 ProMax 1TB. I love the camera and memory and other features and from the rumors not much I want or need with 14 so I could wait and finally for first time not upgrade every year. Maybe 15 or 16 will be time and I will have my 13 to enjoy without agonizing over shipping and being held hostage to range of dates for arrival to my house since seldom get opening day anyway in my iUP program ;-)
 
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