A report predicts that the iPhone 13 series will be equipped with higher battery capacity and wider 5G support than existing models, which confirms previous speculations. It is said that Apple has also adopted a new method of assembling the iPhone camera, which may help reduce costs to a certain extent.
On the other hand, component supplier Foxconn predicts that due to continued production restrictions, the supply of iPhone 13 components may be in short supply. The new iPhone model is expected to be launched in September. Market research company TrendForce said in its latest press release that the iPhone 13 series will be equipped with a new flexible charging circuit board, including system-in-package (SiP).
To save space. This allows Apple to have a larger battery, which is already rumored. The company also predicts that iPhone 13 models will use next-generation SoCs based on 5nm + nodes, which will help improve performance and bring better batteries. Higher efficiency than existing iPhone models.
In addition, it is speculated that the new version of the iPhone will use a millimeter wave (mmWave) to provide a wider range of 5G connections. The note stated that there may also be improved screens and camera sensors. Especially the iPhone 13 Pro model is expected to be equipped with an improved wide-angle lens with autofocus function.
As the iPhone 13 model is expected to be launched in September, Apple’s total iPhone shipments in the third quarter of 2021 may increase by 30% year on year. But there may be a five-year decline. According to TrendForce, the fourth quarter. The Cupertino-based company also expects iPhone sales in the second half of this year to increase overall compared to the same period.
During last year. In addition, the research company estimates that iPhone models may account for 16.7% of all smartphone shipments this year. TrendForce also reiterated that the price of the iPhone 13 mentioned in its June report will be roughly the same as that of the iPhone 12. series.
“In terms of the retail price, the iPhone 13 series is expected to remain similar to the iPhone 12 series, provided that Apple can effectively control manufacturing costs because the latest models do not have major hardware upgrades. The company said that due to this aggressive pricing scheme, iPhone shipments may maintain a growth trajectory for two consecutive years.
Another report from the South Korean news site The Elec stated that Apple is changing the way its camera modules are used. The iPhone is assembled to reduce costs. According to the report, until last year, the company used pre-assembled cameras produced by suppliers LG Innotek, Sharp, and O`Film. Now it changes this tradition by integrating Foxconn’s camera module production.
It is said that this helps reduce manufacturing costs to a certain extent. But it is not clear whether Apple is willing to pass on the cost savings to consumers. It is said that Foxconn has acquired test equipment from South Korea’s Hyvision System to provide automatic test and measurement system camera modules for mobile devices. The device will be used to test the wide-angle, ultra-wide-angle, and other lens angles and telephoto range, as well as the optical axis and image sensor.
For the iPhone 13 model, it is said that Apple ordered 20% more components than 90 million units. Reserved for the iPhone 12 series. However, the company is unlikely to use its new production method in the upcoming iPhone 13 series, as it is speculated that it will go into production. However, Apple may use Foxconn-assembled cameras in its iPhone devices in the future.
Foxconn announced strong earnings for the second quarter, but this trend is unlikely to continue as it expects to achieve modest growth of 3-15% this quarter. According to Reuters, the Taiwanese supplier said that the shortage of parts supply is a key factor in its marginal growth. The shortage of components may affect devices such as the iPhone 13 series. “The epidemic in Asia seems to be getting worse,” he said. Foxconn President Liu Yingwei. “
Because Asia is an important hub for global ICT components, it is necessary to pay close attention to whether the epidemic will affect the entire supply chain.” Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) also recently predicted that the global chipset shortage may continue for a long time.
Bloomberg last month quoted people familiar with the matter as saying that Apple has asked suppliers to produce 90 million next-generation iPhones this year. This is 20% higher than Apple’s requirements last year. However, as suppliers such as Foxconn and TSMC predict a shortage of parts and components, it seems uncertain whether the iPhone manufacturer can meet the required supply.