The 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.
Winner of the Virginia Sprint Series Fast Friday Feature at Dixieland Speedway was Jeff Taylor. (Photo by Jim Haines) By Jim HainesELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (June 9) – New Jersey hotshot Jeff Taylor travels the country running his IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car and you never know where he may show up next … this week it was the winner’s circle when the Virginia Sprint Series traveled to Dixieland Speedway.Taylor had the lead from the initial green in the first Fast Friday Feature of the season and was a car length ahead of Daren Bola at the checkers.Mike Leraas, Jerald Harris and Brian Lawson rounded out the top five.Anthony Linkenhoker and Taylor paced the field early with Taylor showing the top side was the place to be. He made laps up top with Leraas in tow and Bolac charging toward the front.Dixieland is quick, short oval and at halfway the front pack was getting tight with Harris in the group and lapped traffic in the mix. Taylor stayed high as Leraas and Bolac were swapping second.Bolac made a big push to get by Leraas for second. With three to go, Bolac got alongside Taylor in turns one and two up high but Taylor had a better line off two and got back in front.The white flag waved with Taylor clear of traffic and he stayed good to the checkered flag.The Virginia Sprint Series is next at Eastside Speedway in Waynesboro on Saturday, June 17.Feature results – 1. Jeff Taylor; 2. Daren Bolac; 3. Mike Leraas; 4. Jerald Harris; 5. Brian Lawson; 6. Bronzie Lawson; 7. Tom Humphries; 8. Anthony Linkenhoker; 9. Tony Harris; 10. Bill Rice; 11. Chris Ware; 12. Charlie Ware.