Parts Scarcity Allegedly Interrupted iPhone manufacturing in the ‘Nightmare before Christmas’ Scenario

Parts Scarcity Allegedly Interrupted iPhone manufacturing in the ‘Nightmare before Christmas’ Scenario


Incorporated into Apple Inc.’s iOS mobile operating system, the iPhone is a brand of handsets built and sold by Apple. On January 9, 2007, Steve Jobs, then-CEO of Apple, announced the launch of the first-generation iPhone. The company has launched new iPhone models and iOS upgrades every year since the first introduction of the iPhone. According to the latest available data, more than 2.2 billion iPhones have been sold as of November 1, 2018.

Using a multi-touch screen, the iPhone’s user interface is designed. In addition to making calls and browsing the web, it can also take images, play music, and send and receive emails and text messages. It connects to cellular networks or Wi-Fi networks to do these functions. The iPhone has gained several new features since its introduction, including higher screen sizes, video recording, waterproofing, the ability to download third-party mobile applications from an app store, and other accessibility features. Before 2017, iPhones had a single button on the front panel that sent the user back to the home screen, which was a common configuration. From 2017 forward, the most costly iPhone models have had their front screens designed to be practically bezel-less, with app switching initiated by gesture detection.

The iPhone, along with Android, is one of the world’s two most popular smartphone systems, accounting for a significant portion of the premium market in recent years. Since the introduction of the iPhone, Apple has accrued significant earnings and has risen to become one of the most valuable publicly listed corporations globally. The first-generation iPhone was hailed as “revolutionary” and a “game changer,” and successive versions have received similar accolades in the mobile phone business. For popularizing the smartphone and tablet form factors and generating a big market for smartphone applications, or the “app economy,” the iPhone is attributed. More than 2.2 million iPhone apps were available in Apple’s App Store as of January 2017.

Upgrade iPhone Program

With the iPhone Upgrade Program, buyers may receive the newest iPhone model every year without paying the full purchase price upfront. The program is available for 24 months. The scheme consists of “low monthly payments,” under which users would progressively pay for the iPhone they already own over 24 months, with the option to switch (upgrade) to the new iPhone once 12 months of payments have been completed. Consumers may swap in their existing iPhone for a new one after 12 months, and the payments from the old device are transferred to the new device, and the program “restarts” with a new 24-month term after that.

In addition to unlocked devices, which allow buyers to choose which network provider they wish to use, the program includes two years of AppleCare+ protection, covering “hardware repairs, software assistance, and coverage for up to two incidences of accidental damage.”

Some critics of the scheme have expressed concern about the possibility of an ongoing cycle of payments, as Damon Beres of The Huffington Post has written, “If you don’t pay for your phone for the whole 24-month cycle, you’ll be stuck with an old model. If you don’t upgrade every 12 months, you’ll never be able to get out of your debt to Apple “….. As an added restriction, the program covers the iPhone data sharing features and hardware, and no mobile phone service from a network provider is included.

Nightmare before Christmas Scenario

The “horror before Christmas,” as described in a recent report from Nikkei Asia, is affecting Apple as the company’s critically vital holiday shopping season continues. According to the article, Apple is increasing pressure on suppliers in response to allegations of iPhone and iPad shortages that are causing lead times to be pushed out further. According to the research, an investigation published today found that Apple fell short of its iPhone 13 production targets in September and October by about 20 percent. According to rumors, Apple has also been compelled to cut its total iPhone 13 production goal from an earlier aim of 95 million units to between 83 and 85 million units, down from an earlier target of 95 million units.

But the iPhone 13 series, Apple’s most recent and greatest offering, is not the only one to be impacted by the shortages. Additionally, according to the analysis, the projected manufacturing of prior generations of iPhones has been reduced by around 25 percent over the last several months. As a result, according to the source, the company is around 15 million iPhones short of its stated goal of manufacturing 230 million iPhones overall this year. According to Nikkei, Apple did indeed pause iPhone and iPad production for a few days in October, something that hasn’t been done in more than a decade, as reported by the journal. For the first time in more than a decade, Apple’s iPhone and iPad production was halted for several days due to supply chain issues and restrictions on the use of electricity in China, according to a large number of people with direct knowledge of the situation who spoke on condition of anonymity.

A supply chain manager engaged in the event told Nikkei Asia that because of a shortage of components and chips, it didn’t make sense to work extra on holidays and pay overtime to front-line staff. As the author points out, “it has never happened before.” In the past, the Chinese New Year’s vacation was normally the busiest time of the year, when all of the assemblers were ramping up for the next production season.” Furthermore, according to the report, shortages of peripheral components, like “power management chips from Texas Instruments and transceivers from Nexperia, as well as connection chips from Broadcom,” have hampered the production of the iPhone, iPad, and Mac computer systems.

According to a recent report, although there are still supply shortages and missed deadlines, Apple is still pressuring its partners to push iPhone development into December and January. According to the source, it is reported that Apple has instructed suppliers to “increase the speed at which they produce the iPhone for the months of November, December, and January,” according to the source.

About Author

My name is Mukesh Jakhar and I am a Web Application Developer and Software Developer, currently living in Jaipur, India. I have a Master of Computer Application in Computer Science from JNU Jaipur University. I loves to write on technology and programming topics. Apart from this, I love to travel and enjoy the beauty of nature.

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