A new Bloomberg report has emerged claiming that Apple is looking to increase its iPhone production for the next 2021 models. Based on details from supply chain partners, Cupertino will look to have 20% more iPhones than last year’s launch for a total of 90 million units in the initial period. Despite the global shortage of chipsets, Apple’s supply chain is unaffected and key partners like TSMC have already planned their orders in advance. According to rumors, the launch date of the next iPhones would take place in September.
Apple is building on the strong momentum of the iPhone 12 release in 2020 and could continue to benefit from 5G smartphone upgrades and a globally improved smartphone market to follow another strong version.
Still, the expected growth in the initial production ramp is skewed by the fact that the iPhone 12 came out later than normal in 2020, while the next iPhone is expected to return to the normal release window at the end of September. – Matthew Kanterman, Bloomberg analyst
In terms of specs, Bloomberg expects at least one of the new iPhones (probably the Pro models) to feature an LTPO (low-temperature polycrystalline oxide) display. These displays can adjust the refresh rate on the fly, providing improved battery life. The new iPhones will feature redesigned thinner notches, as previously leaked speculated.
Dummy units: iPhone 13 Pro Max, 13 Pro, vanilla 13 and 13 mini
As for the cameras, Apple will offer an incremental upgrade of the video department with optical zoom. The chipset succeeding last year’s A14 is expected to offer a similar six-core architecture.
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