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New Supply Chain Problems May Impact iPhone 13 Launch – Forbes

iPhone 13 leaks have revealed many of Apple’s biggest new upgrades, but the problems surround the launch. And they just got worse. 
Renders of Apple’s iPhone 13 range based on multiple leaks
In a new report, the Wall Street Journal has revealed that two manufacturers of tiny — but critical — iPhone components are suffering serious production issues that “threaten” to impact iPhone 13 supply just weeks from launch.
The WSJ explains that the suppliers — Murata Manufacturing and Taiyo Yuden Co — manufacture multilayer ceramic capacitors (MLCCs), tiny pieces of ceramic used to control the flow of electricity inside a device. Over 1,000 MLCCs are required in an average smartphone.
Both suppliers have been impacted by a surge of Covid-19 infections across East Asia. Taiyo Yuden has been forced to operate without 40% of its employees while Murata, the world’s largest MLCC manufacturer (responsible for 40% of the global MLCC supply), has had to shut down. The Philippines-based company has seen cases triple in the country over the last 6 weeks. 
The news compounds earlier supply warnings from Apple itself. In July, Apple CFO Luca Maestri said “We expect supply constraints during the September quarter to be greater than what we experienced during the June quarter. The constraints will primarily impact iPhone and iPad.”
MLCCs on an electronic circuit board
And the challenges are growing. Last month TSMC, Apple’s largest chip supplier, announced a significant increase in component pricing which analysts warn could lead to last minute iPhone 13 price hikes. Just two weeks earlier, Apple was understood to have decided against increasing prices. On the flip side, recent iPhone 13 release date leaks suggest Apple could launch the phones within two weeks. So we won’t have to wait long to learn whether or not Tim Cook has decided to swallow the additional costs. 
Furthermore, for those who are committed to upgrading the rewards will be significant. Multiple leaks have revealed the new iPhone 13 range will come with massive new rear cameras, larger batteries, quicker charging, next-gen WiFi and a smaller notch. iPhone 13 Pro buyers will also benefit from globally upgraded 5G, 120Hz ProMotion displays and twice the storage
But be warned, chip shortages have already seen scalpers send console prices sky high. iPhone fans who miss out on the initial batch of iPhone 13 models are likely to face similar exploitative sales tactics. So if you are planning to upgrade, be ready to act fast.  
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Deidre Richardson is a tech enthusiast who loves to cover the latest news on smartphones, tablets, and mobile gadgets. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (B.A, History/Music), you can always find her rocking her Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and LG Nexus 5 on a regular basis.