Between the long wait for the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro around the world, Apple is said to have placed bulk orders for older iPhone models and is reallocating iPad parts to make up for the shortage , according to the Nikkei Asia Review.
Demand for the iPhone 12 Pro in particular was higher than expected and the problem was attributed to supply constraints for specific parts such as power chips and LiDAR components.
Apple is said to be reallocating components from iPad to iPhone 12 Pro models in an effort to prioritize the supply shortage, according to two sources. Nikkei Asia. This apparently affected about two million iPads, affecting Apple’s plans to produce iPad this year.
To “fill the store shelves,” Apple is also clearly asking suppliers to prepare more than 20 million iPhone 11, iPhone SE, and iPhone XR models for the holiday shopping season and early next year.
This order is equivalent to more than a quarter of orders that Apple placed for the iPhone 12 line this year, is expected to be around 75 to 80 million units. Nikkei Asia claims that orders for the iPhone 11 and iPhone SE each are close to about 10 million units and are much better than consumer expectations.