Apple is said to be ramping up production of its new iPhone 13 ahead of an announcement in the next few months, and it looks like the company plans to hold more stock than the iPhone 12 series.
Apple has reportedly asked its suppliers to make 90 million iPhones, which is about 20% more than the 75 million units of the iPhone 12 model last year.
While the technology iteration in this year’s new iPhones is likely to be only incremental, Apple is hoping to ride the wave of demand for 5G phones and also general relaxation of lockdown norms across the world that will help boost sales.
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A Bloomberg report said the increase in production numbers is an attempt by Apple to make the most of restrictions imposed on Chinese smartphone maker Huawei, which is also hit by supply-chain constraints.
Apple has had to move most of the assembling of the new iPhones back to China as its contract companies in India were hit hard by the second wave of Covid-19 in the country.
Foxconn is said to have gone with the lion’s share of the assembling contract. It is reportedly responsible for assembling all of Apple’s premium models, the 6.7-inch iPhone 13 Pro Max.
It is also contracted to assemble 60% of the smaller premium iPhone, the 6.1-inch iPhone 13 Pro and 68% of the 6.1-inch iPhone 13. Two other assemblers, Pegatron and Luxshare, are also in the mix when it comes to contract supply of the iPhone 13.
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The iPhone 13 device is likely to come with faster 5G, better optical zoom, new video recording capabilities, and a bigger battery.
At least one new variant of the iPhone 13 series is likely to come with a low temperature polycrystalline oxide (LTPO) display screen. It can change the refresh rate according to the content displayed and it is similar to what we have seen in Apple Watch 6.
The flagship models of smartphone brands like Samsung, OnePlus and Oppo already have LTPO screens. Reports say that the iPhone 13 Pro will feature a 120Hz display like the iPad Pro for the first time.
The new iPhones with LTPO screens will use Indium Gallium Zinc Oxide (IGZO) technology to improve power efficiency and response speed. An upgraded system-on-chip, which is built around the same six cores as the existing A14 chip, is also expected to be part of the new iPhones.
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