Apple to demand 230 million iPhones from its suppliers for 2021

Apple to demand 230 million iPhones from its suppliers for 2021
Apple is planning to build approximately 95 to 96 million iPhones in the first half of 2021 according to Japan's Nikkei news agency (via Reuters). If this comes to fruition, Apple will have increased its iPhone production by 30% on an annual basis. Apple has asked its supply chain to produce more units in the current iPhone 12 lineup which includes the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max. All four phones support 5G and are powered by the 5nm A14 Bionic chipset. With 11.8 billion transistors inside, the A14 Bionic delivers enhanced performance with improved energy consumption. 

Older iPhone models that Apple is requesting more production of from suppliers include last year's iPhone 11 and the budget priced iPhone SE (2020). There is concern that a shortage of parts could hold Apple back from hitting its 6 and 12 month targets. Early this year, some of Apple's supply chin was forced to temporarily close die to the global pandemic.


Apple reportedly told its suppliers to be ready to produce as many as 230 million iPhones for all of 2021. Not only is the iPhone 12 line the first from Apple to support 5G connectivity, all four phones will work on both sub-6GHz and mmWave signals. The former consists of both low and mid-band spectrum. These signals travel long distances and can penetrate structures easily. What they don't do is deliver super fast 5G download data speeds. In fact, low-band spectrum like the 600MHz airwaves used by T-Mobile, deliver speeds closer to 4G LTE than the 5G speeds that U.S. consumers are dreaming about. The high band mmWave signals can travel short distances only which is why they are perfect for dense metropolitan cities. They do not penetrate many structures well but can provide zippy fast 5G data speed. T-Mobile is using a combination of low, mid, and high-band signals to offer what some analysts say will eventually be the best 5G service in the country.

Earlier today we told you that the iPhone 12 Pro has replaced the iPhone 12 Pro Max as the most popular 2020 iPhone model. Typically, the iPhone model with the largest screen gets out to an early lead in popularity only to see that lead dissipate. And this is exactly what is happening now.

Related phones

iPhone 12
  • Display 6.1 inches 2532 x 1170 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Dual camera) 12 MP front
  • Hardware Apple A14 Bionic RAM
  • Storage 64GB, not expandable
  • Battery 2815 mAh
  • OS iOS 14.x
iPhone 12 mini
  • Display 5.4 inches 2340 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Dual camera) 12 MP front
  • Hardware Apple A14 Bionic RAM
  • Storage 64GB, not expandable
  • Battery 2227 mAh
  • OS iOS 14.x
iPhone 12 Pro
  • Display 6.1 inches 2532 x 1170 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Triple camera) 12 MP front
  • Hardware Apple A14 Bionic 6GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB, not expandable
  • Battery 2815 mAh
  • OS iOS 14.x
iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • Display 6.7 inches 2778 x 1284 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Triple camera) 12 MP front
  • Hardware Apple A14 Bionic 6GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB, not expandable
  • Battery 3687 mAh
  • OS iOS 14.x

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