Apple suppliers are denying an earlier report that indicates an ongoing chip shortage is causing Apple to cut production orders for iPhone 13 models by as many as 10 million units.
As we reported earlier today, a Bloomberg report claimed Apple had been planning to produce 90 million iPhone 13 models in the final three months of the year, but Apple’s manufacturing partners have been informed that the production levels will be lower due to a lack of chip availability, as Broadcom and Texas Instruments are not able to deliver enough components.
The news caused a drop in Apple’s stock, as some analysts became concerned about the production of the iPhone 13 and Apple’s ability to keep up with demand.
However, the company’s suppliers are now pushing back, saying they have seen no cutback in orders as yet.
A preview of a paywalled DigiTimes report (shared by MacRumors) set to be published on Thursday states, “component suppliers for Apple’s new iPhones have claimed no cutback in orders thus far this year.”
While there may not yet be a cutback in orders, there have been production challenges for Apple’s products.
Currently, the MacBook Pro, some iPhone models, the MacBook Air, iPad Pro, and other products are seeing longer than normal shipping times when ordered from the Apple Store.
In September comments, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said he expected that Apple would cut its MacBook shipments in half due to component shortages.
Chip shortages are expected to stretch well into 2022. While Apple is facing supply issues along with the rest of the industry, it has been one of the least affected companies so far in 2021.