Apple has asked chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC) to increase the production of the A13 chips used in the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max, thanks to better than expected demand for the devices.
Bloomberg reports demand for the above-mentioned devices has been outperforming Apple’s expectations, particularly in China, where sales have shown a welcome increase from the 2019 iPhone lineup, thanks to the pricing of iPhone 11 starting at $700 in the country.
Apple’s orders for the A13 chips should again increase very soon, as Apple is preparing to launch a new iPhone SE replacement this spring, which is also expected to use the A13.
The device – which could launch as early as March – is rumored to be similar in design to the iPhone 8 and is said to feature a 4.7-inch LCD display, a Touch ID button, thick top and bottom bezels, and a single-lens rear camera. While the outside will look a bit old-fashioned, the device is said to be powered by a modern A13 chip and will boast 3GB of RAM.
TSMC recently reported earnings above most analysts’ expectations and forecasted a strong quarter ahead.