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TSMC will prioritize Apple 'iPhone 13,' car builder chip orders


In a challenging chip manufacturing environment, Apple partner TSMC is reportedly de-prioritizing orders destined for PCs and servers orders, and is instead focusing on car manufacturers, and Apple's needs.

Following TSMC's previous estimates that the impact of the current global chip shortage would last a "a couple of years," it is now said to be concentrating on supplying the the car industry and Apple.

According to Digitimes Asia, unnamed sources at the chip maker say that the prioritization is for the third quarter of 2021. It's claimed that TSMC will first give supply priority to car firms and Apple, then secondly to manufacturers of PCs, servers, and networking devices.

Although Apple initially appeared to weather the shortage better than its rivals, because of its high-volume purchasing power, it has more recently begun to see problems.

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