Ming-Chi Kuo: Apple A15-powered ‘iPhone 13’ to launch on regular schedule in 2021

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo today forecast that mass production of Apple’s next-generation “iPhone 13” models with a new A15 chip will revert back to Apple’s usual schedule after having been delayed this year due to the COVID-19 lockdowns.

Left to right: Apple's 5.4-inch iPhone 12 mini, 6.1-inch iPhone 12, 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Pro, and 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro Max
Left to right: Apple’s 5.4-inch iPhone 12 mini, 6.1-inch iPhone 12, 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Pro, and 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro Max

Joe Rossignol for MacRumors:

Kuo also dismissed concerns that Apple supplier TSMC’s capacity utilization rate for A14 chips is set to drop from 100% to 80% in the first quarter of 2021, noting that this is largely due to seasonality factors. The analyst said iPhone demand remains strong, particularly for iPhone 12 Pro models, which have faced some camera-related component shortages contributing to extended shipping estimates on Apple.com.

With mass production of iPhone 13 models expected to follow a more typical schedule next year, it is certainly possible that the devices could be unveiled in September again as usual.

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  1. The seasonality factors affecting the reduction of anticipated manufacturing concern the a Chinese New Year.

    Every year the Chinese factories close for a couple of weeks for Chinese New Year. Obviously fewer components will be needed during that period and therefore orders are reduced in anticipation of that.

    Despite the fact that it happens every year, there’s always an analyst who will shout from the rooftops that Apple is having to reduce component orders and therefore the new iPhone cannot be selling in sufficient numbers.

  2. If Apple actually has trouble obtaining camera components, they might start making their own, leading to the Apple Camera I’ve always wanted. All that imaging technology with a 52 mm lens!

    1. Apple sold cameras back in ’94 – ’97, the QuickTake 100, 150, and 200. It didn’t go well. Digital camera markets are slowly shrinking, well except for the high end maybe. Cell phone cameras are eating away at the low and mid range dedicated digital camera market.For all practical purposes the small, digital point and shoot camera is on its death bed.

      The “Prosumer” market will likely be OK for a few more years. The high end professional market likely has several more years. Leaf and the rest at very that high end likely don’t have anything to worry about formany severa to comel more years.

      There’s no reason for Apple to get into a dying market. Apple won’t compete at the very high end, and there is absolutely no reason for Apple to get into the low to mid range as it is doomed.

      1. Well, the Quicktake cameras failed because they were expensive and the images were terrible and people still wanted hard copies of images, that’s how they were shared and shown back then.

        I don’t think Tau Myx was talking about Apple making a stand along camera anyway but referencing better cameras in the iPhones.

        As a professional photographer I agree that the low end cameras will eventually disappear but I think professional cameras will be around for awhile, at least with the limitations of current phone cameras. Yes, they are good and I use my phone camera as much as my larger cameras but the tech isn’t there yet.

        But for casual photography, yeah, phones are the thing.

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