The newspaper reported that Apple placed large orders for older iPhone models ahead of the holiday season to make up for the shortfall in its 5G lineup, which faced a month-long production delay due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Demand for iPhone 12 Pro in particular was higher than expected, and the problem was reportedly exacerbated by supply constraints for certain parts, such as power chips and LiDAR components used in depth-sensing imaging functions.
In response, Apple has reallocated some iPad components for use within the iPhone 12 Pro in an effort to prioritize supply shortages, amid long waits for iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro around the world.
This affected about 2 million units in total iPad production compared to the previous production plan for this year, and Bloomberg also reported that there are some shortcomings in integrated power management circuits within the supply chain, which may affect the availability of the iPhone 12.
In order to fill in the empty spaces in the shelves, it appears that Apple is also asking suppliers to equip more than 20 million iPhone 11, iPhone SE and iPhone XR models for the holiday shopping season and early next year.
The demand equates to more than a quarter of Apple’s requests for the iPhone 12 series this year, which are expected to be around 75 to 80 million units.
According to the information, the iPhone 11, iPhone SE and iPhone XR devices bundled after October will not come with a charger or wired earphones.
IPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max have reached the end of the product’s life and will not be produced, as the continued production of these two models affects sales of iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max, while iPhone 11 specifications are different enough to avoid this problem.
Nikkei Asia Review claims that orders for the iPhone 11 and iPhone SE are close to around ten million units each, and are performing much better than expected with consumers.
It is reported that this year has been full of challenges for Apple, which has high hopes for the first iPhone with 5G technology, but the development and production process has been greatly affected by the global epidemic.
Separately, Apple is asking suppliers to produce 2.5 million MacBook laptops powered by an in-house CPU by early 2021, as the company looks to rapidly reduce its dependence on Intel chips.
Initial production orders for the first MacBook using the Apple Silicon CPU were equivalent to nearly 20 percent of the total MacBook shipments for 2019, which totaled 12.6 million units.