first_imgThe stockpiling compounds lingering issues across a global electronics industry still recovering from rolling lockdowns that snarled transport routes and cut off workers from factories earlier this year. Disruptions are expected to persist over the next two quarters, the people said.Power management is more important in the iPhone 12 than for its predecessors given additional camera features and 5G capabilities, increasing Apple’s need for these components. It recently launched four 5G models and analysts expect strong consumer demand for the devices. During a recent conference call with analysts, Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook warned about supply constraints for the iPhone 12, Mac, iPad and some Apple Watch models, although he didn’t specifically mention power-management chips.Supply issues for the iPhone are “not a surprise” because Apple has just begun to ramp up production, the CEO said. “It’s hard to predict” how long the supply constraints will last, he added. An Apple spokesman declined to comment.- Advertisement – Apple has multiple power-management chip suppliers, according to a recent teardown from iFixit. The iPhone 12 Pro uses a component from Texas Instruments to control power to the camera system, along with a similar chip from STMicroelectronics NV and one from Qualcomm for the 5G modem.There’s also a power-management part designed by Apple in this handset. In 2018, Apple acquired technology and other assets from Dialog Semiconductor Plc for $600 (roughly Rs. 4,500 crores) million to build its own power-management chips.The disruption to iPhone production comes amid questions over Apple’s ability to galvanise demand for its newest gadget in China, following its worst quarterly revenue performance there since 2014. Investors are concerned the company is losing momentum to homegrown rivals like Huawei and Xiaomi in one of its most critical markets.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Apple is grappling with a shortage of vital chips that manage power consumption in iPhone models and other devices, people with knowledge of the matter said, complicating its ability to meet holiday demand for the latest version of its marquee gadget.It’s unclear to what extent the bottleneck may limit iPhone availability during its crucial launch quarter, typically Apple’s busiest. Despite the shortfall, suppliers are likely to prioritise Cupertino, California-based Apple and its power-hungry iPhone 12 over other customers lining up for scarce parts, said the people, who asked not to be identified discussing private matters.Increasing demand for silicon across a range of products and supply-chain disruptions from COVID-19 are the main causes of the shortage, according to the people. Main Apple chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing said in October that 5G smartphones require 30 percent to 40 percent more chip content versus 4G. That and uncertainty over the course of the pandemic is spurring customers to cache components for fear of running out, especially after major smartphone maker Huawei had stocked up massively ahead of a September deadline for US sanctions.- Advertisement – In the US, a check of Apple’s website shows that new iPhone 12 Pro orders won’t arrive to customers until the end of November or early December, while the regular iPhone 12 isn’t showing any delay. Many iPad models are showing deliveries between mid-November and the end of the month, while some Apple Watch models are showing delivery times in late November.-With assistance from Mark Gurman.© 2020 Bloomberg L.P.Are iPhone 12 mini, HomePod mini the Perfect Apple Devices for India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.last_img read more

first_img After a summer of frustration in the transfer market, Ian Holloway’s team are favourites for the drop, but Villas-Boas is wary of under-estimating the newly-promoted side on Sunday. Given that the fixture will be Palace’s first in the top-flight in eight years, Villas-Boas expects a raucous atmosphere at Selhurst Park. “It will be a difficult game because of Selhurst Park,” Villas-Boas told Spurs TV Online. “As a stadium, it’s very hard to play in, there will be lots of emotion and intensity, and it’s always difficult to play against a team that has just come up.” While Spurs have spent almost £60million on new signings, Palace have struggled to add any experienced players to their squad. To make matters worse, two of the club’s key players from last year, Glenn Murray and Yannick Bolasie, are injured, as is new signing Jerome Thomas. Villas-Boas still expects a competitive game from Holloway’s side, though, partly because he has not been able to draw on the experience of playing Palace last year in his usually thorough preparation for the match. “Obviously Palace have a couple of problems – they are trying to put their team together, but we don’t know them as well as other teams, and that is always a factor,” the 35-year-old said. “We have to be disciplined in that respect and hopefully with the quality we have, we hope that can make the difference and we hope can bring back the three points.” After a summer spent batting away questions about Gareth Bale’s future, Villas-Boas is looking forward to returning to the dugout as Spurs look to start the season with a win. Although Villas-Boas will be without Bale, who has a foot injury, for Sunday’s game, the Spurs boss has the luxury of having four new signings available for the game in south-east London. Press Association Roberto Soldado, who said earlier in the week that he hopes to score 20 goals this season, is expected to line up in attack while Paulinho is likely to start in midfield. There is also a chance that Etienne Capoue could be drafted in at centre-back if Villas-Boas decides Younes Kaboul should not be risked following his comeback from a year-long injury layoff. Capoue, who joined from Toulouse on Thursday for £8.6million, is excited by the prospect of playing for the north London club. “I watched some Tottenham games last year and they have a very good style and they have a good spirit,” the France international said. “I want to play a lot of games here. It’s very nice. “Next season for me I hope to play a lot of Premier League games and in Europe and at the end of the year there is a World Cup in Brazil so that is a good target for me.” Andre Villas-Boas expects his Tottenham team to walk in to a cauldron of hostile noise on Sunday when they take on Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.last_img read more