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MacRumors 27 August, 2021 - 05:01pm 26 views

The iPhone 13 lineup is expected to match last years iPhone 12 line, shown above. 

Apple's next flagship lineup, expected to be dubbed the iPhone 13, could be coming alongside the AirPods 3 and Apple Watch 7 at the tech giant's fall event, which is rumored to be happening the third week of September. We expect Apple's new lineup to feature four phones: A standard iPhone 13 along with Mini, Pro and Pro Max versions. This lineup, which was predicted previously by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, mirrors the iPhone 12 line from last year, but may feature a few new design, camera and feature upgrades. The price may also be a bit higher for the iPhone 13 lineup, according to the latest buzz. 

Besides size, last year's iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini are fairly similar. They both share the same camera specs and storage options, and they both lack the lidar scanner Apple included in the Pro models. The iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max also share similar features, but have a few small differences in camera sensor and lenses. For the iPhone 13, however, we won't know exactly how each model compares until later this fall. 

Read more: Which iPhone 12 is which? 

Here are all the rumors we've heard about the iPhone 13 collection so far, and how each model in Apple's new lineup could stack up to each other. Just note that none of the iPhone 13 specs have been confirmed by Apple. We'll keep this story updated as we hear more. 

Of Apple's 2020 line, the iPhone 12 and 12 Mini are the more affordable phones with a $799 and $699 starting price, respectively. The iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max are considered Apple's higher-end models, and cost $999 and $1,099. 

We expect the iPhone 13 Mini to be about $100 less than the baseline iPhone 13, if last year's price structure is any indication. Similarly, an extra Benjamin will probably be the difference between an iPhone 13 Pro and a Pro Max, with prices also varying across storage size and carrier.

If the cost of the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max are comparable to that of the iPhone 12 line, the price would be similar to other higher-end smartphone models like the Galaxy S21 Plus and Galaxy S21 Ultra which cost $1,000 and $1,200, respectively. 

But Apple could also raise the price for their new lineup. According to an August report from DigiTimes, the tech giant is considering upping costs for the iPhone 13 to compensate for the increased price of chip production from its supplier TSMC. Apple's supplier is looking to increase the cost by as much as 20% for "advanced and mature process technologies" by Jan. 2022, the report says. What's unclear is whether this would impact the price of the entire lineup, or if costs will be passed on unevenly across the spectrum.

Here are prices for each of the iPhone 12 models, for reference: 

Each of the iPhone 13 models are rumored to have a smaller notch than previous iPhones, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Apple has included a notched display on each of its smartphones since the 2017 iPhone X, as a place for the phone's selfie camera. Some components of the design, however, will likely differ for each iPhone 13 model. 

The iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max could be thicker and have larger camera bumps than its predecessors. According to a May render from MacRumor, the thicker camera bump could accommodate possible camera upgrades for Apple's higher-end models. 

Read more: Stylish color options and new design rumored to come soon to the iPhone 13

Changes in the design of the camera setup could be coming for the iPhone 13 mini as well. Renders of the Mini model from Sonny Dickson on Twitter in June show that the two camera lenses are situated diagonally from each other, rather than one atop the other like layout for the iPhone 12 Mini.

In terms of size, the iPhone 13 line should mirror that of the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max. Dummy units of the iPhone 13 line, shared by Apple Insider, showed the iPhone 13 Mini at 5.4 inches, with the standard and Pro models at 6.1 inches and the Pro Max measuring an expansive 6.7 inches. 

iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max could have larger camera bumps than the iPhone 12. 

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts that the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max models will house LTPO technology in their displays for a 120Hz refresh rate. The standard and Mini models, however, may not have this feature. This would be a change from last year's iPhone 12 lineup, which offered the same piddly 60Hz refresh rate for each of the four versions.

Although Apple has yet to add the upped refresh rate to its premium models, other higher-end smartphones, including the Samsung Galaxy S21 and OnePlus 9 Pro have a 120Hz refresh rate. 

Apple's new iPhone could see a few camera upgrades, especially for the Pro and Pro Max models. 

According to an August report by Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, the iPhone 13 could get three new camera and video features, including a video version of Portrait Mode, a higher-quality option to record video called ProRes, and a new filter system to intensify the appearance of photos. Gurman speculated that ProRes may only be available for the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max. 

It was previously rumored that all upcoming iPhone 13 models could get a lidar scanner, but more recent buzz from leaker Dylan on Twitter speculates that only the Pro and Pro Max will house that technology. This would be the second generation of iPhones to only feature a lidar scanner for its higher-end models. 

Read more: What does the iPhone's lidar feature actually do?

The scanner, which made its debut in the 2020 iPad Pro, can be seen on both the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max. The scanner is used to help with autofocus and taking pictures in low lighting. (You can also use lidar to measure your friends' height at parties, which is kind of cool.) 

Check out these iPhone 13 renders, shown above. 

Each model in the iPhone 13 lineup could feature larger batteries than the iPhone 12, according to gossip from Chinese social media platform Weibo in early June. The rumored battery specs, covered on 9t05Mac in June from a tweet by leaker @L0vetodream , show a 2,406-mAh battery for the iPhone 13 Mini, 3,095-mAh for the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro, and 4,352-mAh for the iPhone 13 Pro Max. 

Just note that, although the iPhone 13 line could house a larger battery than the iPhone 12, it's possible that the boost in battery size will not directly translate to longer battery life, since battery life is not the same as battery capacity. 

We won't know exactly how the four upcoming iPhone 13 models compare until Apple's rumored September event. But, if you're itching for the latest on the tech giant's new iPhone, you can take a look at our guess for the iPhone 13 release date and our iPhone 13 wishlist. You can also check out what the main differences are between each iPhone 12 model, how the rumored iPhone 13 specs compare to the iPhone 12, and how to download the iOS 15 beta today. 

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iPhone 13 vs. 13 Mini vs. 13 Pro vs. 13 Pro Max: All the rumored specs differences

CNET 27 August, 2021 - 11:30pm

The iPhone 13 lineup is expected to match last years iPhone 12 line, shown above. 

Apple's next flagship lineup, expected to be dubbed the iPhone 13, could be coming alongside the AirPods 3 and Apple Watch 7 at the tech giant's fall event, which is rumored to be happening the third week of September. We expect Apple's new lineup to feature four phones: A standard iPhone 13 along with Mini, Pro and Pro Max versions. This lineup, which was predicted previously by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, mirrors the iPhone 12 line from last year, but may feature a few new design, camera and feature upgrades. The price may also be a bit higher for the iPhone 13 lineup, according to the latest buzz. 

Besides size, last year's iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini are fairly similar. They both share the same camera specs and storage options, and they both lack the lidar scanner Apple included in the Pro models. The iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max also share similar features, but have a few small differences in camera sensor and lenses. For the iPhone 13, however, we won't know exactly how each model compares until later this fall. 

Read more: Which iPhone 12 is which? 

Here are all the rumors we've heard about the iPhone 13 collection so far, and how each model in Apple's new lineup could stack up to each other. Just note that none of the iPhone 13 specs have been confirmed by Apple. We'll keep this story updated as we hear more. 

Of Apple's 2020 line, the iPhone 12 and 12 Mini are the more affordable phones with a $799 and $699 starting price, respectively. The iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max are considered Apple's higher-end models, and cost $999 and $1,099. 

We expect the iPhone 13 Mini to be about $100 less than the baseline iPhone 13, if last year's price structure is any indication. Similarly, an extra Benjamin will probably be the difference between an iPhone 13 Pro and a Pro Max, with prices also varying across storage size and carrier.

If the cost of the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max are comparable to that of the iPhone 12 line, the price would be similar to other higher-end smartphone models like the Galaxy S21 Plus and Galaxy S21 Ultra which cost $1,000 and $1,200, respectively. 

But Apple could also raise the price for their new lineup. According to an August report from DigiTimes, the tech giant is considering upping costs for the iPhone 13 to compensate for the increased price of chip production from its supplier TSMC. Apple's supplier is looking to increase the cost by as much as 20% for "advanced and mature process technologies" by Jan. 2022, the report says. What's unclear is whether this would impact the price of the entire lineup, or if costs will be passed on unevenly across the spectrum.

Here are prices for each of the iPhone 12 models, for reference: 

Each of the iPhone 13 models are rumored to have a smaller notch than previous iPhones, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Apple has included a notched display on each of its smartphones since the 2017 iPhone X, as a place for the phone's selfie camera. Some components of the design, however, will likely differ for each iPhone 13 model. 

The iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max could be thicker and have larger camera bumps than its predecessors. According to a May render from MacRumor, the thicker camera bump could accommodate possible camera upgrades for Apple's higher-end models. 

Read more: Stylish color options and new design rumored to come soon to the iPhone 13

Changes in the design of the camera setup could be coming for the iPhone 13 mini as well. Renders of the Mini model from Sonny Dickson on Twitter in June show that the two camera lenses are situated diagonally from each other, rather than one atop the other like layout for the iPhone 12 Mini.

In terms of size, the iPhone 13 line should mirror that of the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max. Dummy units of the iPhone 13 line, shared by Apple Insider, showed the iPhone 13 Mini at 5.4 inches, with the standard and Pro models at 6.1 inches and the Pro Max measuring an expansive 6.7 inches. 

iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max could have larger camera bumps than the iPhone 12. 

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts that the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max models will house LTPO technology in their displays for a 120Hz refresh rate. The standard and Mini models, however, may not have this feature. This would be a change from last year's iPhone 12 lineup, which offered the same piddly 60Hz refresh rate for each of the four versions.

Although Apple has yet to add the upped refresh rate to its premium models, other higher-end smartphones, including the Samsung Galaxy S21 and OnePlus 9 Pro have a 120Hz refresh rate. 

Apple's new iPhone could see a few camera upgrades, especially for the Pro and Pro Max models. 

According to an August report by Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, the iPhone 13 could get three new camera and video features, including a video version of Portrait Mode, a higher-quality option to record video called ProRes, and a new filter system to intensify the appearance of photos. Gurman speculated that ProRes may only be available for the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max. 

It was previously rumored that all upcoming iPhone 13 models could get a lidar scanner, but more recent buzz from leaker Dylan on Twitter speculates that only the Pro and Pro Max will house that technology. This would be the second generation of iPhones to only feature a lidar scanner for its higher-end models. 

Read more: What does the iPhone's lidar feature actually do?

The scanner, which made its debut in the 2020 iPad Pro, can be seen on both the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max. The scanner is used to help with autofocus and taking pictures in low lighting. (You can also use lidar to measure your friends' height at parties, which is kind of cool.) 

Check out these iPhone 13 renders, shown above. 

Each model in the iPhone 13 lineup could feature larger batteries than the iPhone 12, according to gossip from Chinese social media platform Weibo in early June. The rumored battery specs, covered on 9t05Mac in June from a tweet by leaker @L0vetodream , show a 2,406-mAh battery for the iPhone 13 Mini, 3,095-mAh for the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro, and 4,352-mAh for the iPhone 13 Pro Max. 

Just note that, although the iPhone 13 line could house a larger battery than the iPhone 12, it's possible that the boost in battery size will not directly translate to longer battery life, since battery life is not the same as battery capacity. 

We won't know exactly how the four upcoming iPhone 13 models compare until Apple's rumored September event. But, if you're itching for the latest on the tech giant's new iPhone, you can take a look at our guess for the iPhone 13 release date and our iPhone 13 wishlist. You can also check out what the main differences are between each iPhone 12 model, how the rumored iPhone 13 specs compare to the iPhone 12, and how to download the iOS 15 beta today. 

Roundup: Here are the latest rumors on when to expect new AirPods, AirPods Pro, and AirPods Max

9to5Mac 27 August, 2021 - 11:30pm

The iPhone 13 lineup is expected to match last years iPhone 12 line, shown above. 

Apple's next flagship lineup, expected to be dubbed the iPhone 13, could be coming alongside the AirPods 3 and Apple Watch 7 at the tech giant's fall event, which is rumored to be happening the third week of September. We expect Apple's new lineup to feature four phones: A standard iPhone 13 along with Mini, Pro and Pro Max versions. This lineup, which was predicted previously by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, mirrors the iPhone 12 line from last year, but may feature a few new design, camera and feature upgrades. The price may also be a bit higher for the iPhone 13 lineup, according to the latest buzz. 

Besides size, last year's iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini are fairly similar. They both share the same camera specs and storage options, and they both lack the lidar scanner Apple included in the Pro models. The iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max also share similar features, but have a few small differences in camera sensor and lenses. For the iPhone 13, however, we won't know exactly how each model compares until later this fall. 

Read more: Which iPhone 12 is which? 

Here are all the rumors we've heard about the iPhone 13 collection so far, and how each model in Apple's new lineup could stack up to each other. Just note that none of the iPhone 13 specs have been confirmed by Apple. We'll keep this story updated as we hear more. 

Of Apple's 2020 line, the iPhone 12 and 12 Mini are the more affordable phones with a $799 and $699 starting price, respectively. The iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max are considered Apple's higher-end models, and cost $999 and $1,099. 

We expect the iPhone 13 Mini to be about $100 less than the baseline iPhone 13, if last year's price structure is any indication. Similarly, an extra Benjamin will probably be the difference between an iPhone 13 Pro and a Pro Max, with prices also varying across storage size and carrier.

If the cost of the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max are comparable to that of the iPhone 12 line, the price would be similar to other higher-end smartphone models like the Galaxy S21 Plus and Galaxy S21 Ultra which cost $1,000 and $1,200, respectively. 

But Apple could also raise the price for their new lineup. According to an August report from DigiTimes, the tech giant is considering upping costs for the iPhone 13 to compensate for the increased price of chip production from its supplier TSMC. Apple's supplier is looking to increase the cost by as much as 20% for "advanced and mature process technologies" by Jan. 2022, the report says. What's unclear is whether this would impact the price of the entire lineup, or if costs will be passed on unevenly across the spectrum.

Here are prices for each of the iPhone 12 models, for reference: 

Each of the iPhone 13 models are rumored to have a smaller notch than previous iPhones, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Apple has included a notched display on each of its smartphones since the 2017 iPhone X, as a place for the phone's selfie camera. Some components of the design, however, will likely differ for each iPhone 13 model. 

The iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max could be thicker and have larger camera bumps than its predecessors. According to a May render from MacRumor, the thicker camera bump could accommodate possible camera upgrades for Apple's higher-end models. 

Read more: Stylish color options and new design rumored to come soon to the iPhone 13

Changes in the design of the camera setup could be coming for the iPhone 13 mini as well. Renders of the Mini model from Sonny Dickson on Twitter in June show that the two camera lenses are situated diagonally from each other, rather than one atop the other like layout for the iPhone 12 Mini.

In terms of size, the iPhone 13 line should mirror that of the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max. Dummy units of the iPhone 13 line, shared by Apple Insider, showed the iPhone 13 Mini at 5.4 inches, with the standard and Pro models at 6.1 inches and the Pro Max measuring an expansive 6.7 inches. 

iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max could have larger camera bumps than the iPhone 12. 

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts that the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max models will house LTPO technology in their displays for a 120Hz refresh rate. The standard and Mini models, however, may not have this feature. This would be a change from last year's iPhone 12 lineup, which offered the same piddly 60Hz refresh rate for each of the four versions.

Although Apple has yet to add the upped refresh rate to its premium models, other higher-end smartphones, including the Samsung Galaxy S21 and OnePlus 9 Pro have a 120Hz refresh rate. 

Apple's new iPhone could see a few camera upgrades, especially for the Pro and Pro Max models. 

According to an August report by Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, the iPhone 13 could get three new camera and video features, including a video version of Portrait Mode, a higher-quality option to record video called ProRes, and a new filter system to intensify the appearance of photos. Gurman speculated that ProRes may only be available for the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max. 

It was previously rumored that all upcoming iPhone 13 models could get a lidar scanner, but more recent buzz from leaker Dylan on Twitter speculates that only the Pro and Pro Max will house that technology. This would be the second generation of iPhones to only feature a lidar scanner for its higher-end models. 

Read more: What does the iPhone's lidar feature actually do?

The scanner, which made its debut in the 2020 iPad Pro, can be seen on both the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max. The scanner is used to help with autofocus and taking pictures in low lighting. (You can also use lidar to measure your friends' height at parties, which is kind of cool.) 

Check out these iPhone 13 renders, shown above. 

Each model in the iPhone 13 lineup could feature larger batteries than the iPhone 12, according to gossip from Chinese social media platform Weibo in early June. The rumored battery specs, covered on 9t05Mac in June from a tweet by leaker @L0vetodream , show a 2,406-mAh battery for the iPhone 13 Mini, 3,095-mAh for the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro, and 4,352-mAh for the iPhone 13 Pro Max. 

Just note that, although the iPhone 13 line could house a larger battery than the iPhone 12, it's possible that the boost in battery size will not directly translate to longer battery life, since battery life is not the same as battery capacity. 

We won't know exactly how the four upcoming iPhone 13 models compare until Apple's rumored September event. But, if you're itching for the latest on the tech giant's new iPhone, you can take a look at our guess for the iPhone 13 release date and our iPhone 13 wishlist. You can also check out what the main differences are between each iPhone 12 model, how the rumored iPhone 13 specs compare to the iPhone 12, and how to download the iOS 15 beta today. 

If your iPhone 12’s earpiece failed, Apple might fix it for free

The Verge 27 August, 2021 - 11:30pm

The receiver is the focus of a new Service Program for non-Mini and Max phones

Apple’s page says that only a “very small percentage” of devices may be affected. While it can be hard to tell what Apple means by “small percentage” (it infamously used the phrase when describing the number of butterfly keyboards that experienced issues), it doesn’t appear that the earpiece issue is widespread — searching for reports of failing receivers on Reddit or Twitter only turned up a few complaints.

Still, for those with these phones, it’s nice to know that if your earpiece starts to go you’ll have some recourse. While all iPhone 12s are still under Apple’s one year warranty, the service program covers devices for two years after purchase, giving your earpiece an extra year of coverage. There is one thing to note if you’ve got this problem and are looking to send your phone in, though: Apple says that if your screen is cracked, it’ll have to be fixed before it’ll carry out the receiver repair. While the earpiece fix won’t cost you anything, the screen damage repair could, so just be aware.

Apple also says that phones “will be examined prior to any service” to make sure they’re eligible for the program. This likely means that you won’t be getting a free fix if you’re like me and broke your phone’s receiver by accidentally spilling boiling hot pickling liquid into it. C’est la vie.

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Everything we know about the iPhone 13 release date, cameras, and battery so far

Input 27 August, 2021 - 04:26pm

The iPhone 13 is launching on September 24 according to leakers. Here’s everything that has leaked on the iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 mini.

It’s rumor season, and no rumors carry more weight than an iPhone rumor. With murmurs surrounding the iPhone 13 since last year (we wish we were joking) just after the iPhone 12 launched, we’re now coming up on the homestretch. After a trail of leak crumbs, a recent leak from a prominent insider has revealed the alleged dates for the iPhone 13 event, pre-order, and launch date. Let’s not waste another minute.

News of the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro’s release has been corroborated by Jon Prosser, who has sources within Apple. According to Prosser, the iPhone 13 will be available for pre-order on September 17 and launch a week later on September 24, “confirming” the same dates revealed by Chinese e-commerce site IT-Home. Working backwards, Prosser says the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro will be revealed at an Apple event on September 14; media invites are expected to go on September 7.

While Prosser has a good reputation for getting Apple leaks right, there are still over two weeks until the event happens, and anything can change. However, it’s routine that the iPhone is revealed in September so there's a good chance that we could be seeing Tim Cook unveil the latest flagship in three weeks. But you don’t have to wait that long to learn more about the iPhone 13.

MacRumors reported back in April that Taiwanese chipmaker TSMC had already begun producing the new A15 Bionic chip for the iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 mini. Similar to the A14 Bionic chip inside the iPhone 12 lineup, the A15 Bionic is said to be based on a 5-nanometer process, but reportedly uses an updated process. This is Apple silicon so expect performance gains for both the CPU and GPU. How much more powerful the A13 Bionic chip is compared to the A12 Bionic we don’t know.

One concerning thing about the chips is that TSMC is raising its chip prices by 10 to 20 percent, which could impact the cost of the iPhone 13 lineup. A price increase for the iPhone 13 series hasn’t leaked yet, but you better bet the rumored 1TB iPhone 13 Pro storage capacity would command more money.

A little bit. Leaks show the regular iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini will have a rearranged dual-lens camera system that’s diagonal instead of vertical. It’s been speculated that all of the iPhone 13 phones will have a thicker and wider camera bump to make room for a sensor-shift stabilization sensor for capturing more stable footage; the iPhone 12 Pro Max is currently the only iPhone with this sensor-shift image stabilization. If true, the iPhone 13 phones may be up to 0.2mm thicker to accommodate for a larger battery (more on that below). It also appears that the notch may shrink by 25 percent according to one leak. Other than that, you can expect an iPhone 13 lineup that plays it safe with a design that mostly resembles the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 mini.

According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, the iPhone 13 Pro will feature an always-on display. It’s something that Apple has already done with the Apple Watch since Series 5, and it’s now reportedlt coming to the iPhone 13 with the use of new display technology. Low-powered LTPO OLED displays supplied by Samsung are believed to be coming to the higher-end iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max. The new displays on the iPhone 13 Pros will reportedly come with a 120Hz refresh rate, finally bringing the iPad Pro’s “ProMotion” feature to the iPhone lineup.

The physical capacity of batteries in iPhone batteries can’t compare to what you get in Android phones. But a leak from June points to every iPhone 13 in the lineup getting a bump in battery size. Combined with the new A15 Bionic chip, which is expected to be more power-efficient, the iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 mini may have the best battery life to date. Lord knows the iPhone 12 series — especially the iPhone 12 mini — can gulp down battery fast with 5G turned on.

While there was chatter that Apple was working on bringing back Touch ID to the iPhone, it seems those plans were scrapped. It’s believed that Apple wanted to place the fingerprint sensor under the display — a feature in Android phones like the Samsung Galaxy S21, OnePlus 9 Pro, and the soon-to-be-announced Google Pixel 6, allegedly.

The under-display fingerprint scanner would have been a nice addition, especially when Face ID is unusable when wearing a mask (unless you have an Apple Watch). However, a recent leak shed light on a new development that could fix the Face ID mask issue. Apple is reportedly training its machine learning to recognize users even with their masks on. How well that works and whether or not it will make it to the iPhone 13 is unclear.

Higher Chip Prices To Bite Apple? iPhone 13 May Get More Expensive As TSMC Reportedly Plans Up To 20% Price Hikes | Benzinga

Benzinga 26 August, 2021 - 09:55am

Rumors regarding a potential hike in chip prices by Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) supplier Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (NYSE:TSM) are flying thick and fast. This hints at higher prices for iPhones, as Cupertino prepares to launch the next iteration of its flagship product, widely referred to as the iPhone 13.

What Happened: Taiwan-based TSMC, the largest contract chip manufacturer, is planning to hike chip prices by as much as 20%, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

The prices of advanced chips will likely be raised by 10%, while that of less advanced chips used by automakers will go up by 20% or more, the Journal said.

The speculated price hike comes amid a supply crunch that has come to plague the global semiconductor industry.

The prices hikes, according to the report, are likely to come into effect later this year or next year.

The price hike is very likely true and the benefit to TSMC will be seen in its financial results for the first quarter of 2022, Bernstein analyst Mark Li said, commenting on the rumors.

"We believe TSMC notified customers a few days ago that all wafers starting on Oct 1, 2021 and onwards will have a price hike of ~20% for mature nodes and 8-10% for leading ones," the analyst said.

Wafer production time is about three months, he added.

iPhone 13 to See Price Inflation? It has now emerged that Apple is planning to raise prices of the iPhone 13 models due to the pass-through effect of the higher chip costs, McRumors reported, citing Digitimes.

Apple is TSMC's biggest client, with the tech giant's orders accounting for over 20% of the foundry's total wafer revenue. Chips supplied to Apple will likely be hiked by 3%-5%, the report said.

This way Apple can circumvent any impact the chip price hike can have on margins, it added.

Price Action: Apple shares were edging down 0.22% to $148.03 and TSMC shares were down 0.38% to $116.59 at last check Thursday morning.

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