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'iPhone 13' shipments may be slightly earlier than 2020's iPhone 12

Apple has started to receive shipments for parts it needs to assemble the "iPhone 13" by September, with the timing suggesting a very slightly earlier release than for the iPhone 12 family.

Apple usually arranges to accept shipments of components and parts for iPhone production at the start of the summer, and 2021 is no exception. A report claims Apple has taken steps to take in shipments of passive components for the "iPhone 13" range.

Based on sources within the Taiwanese supply chain, Digitimes reported on Monday that power choke supplier Cyntec will see its revenue grow 25% year-on-year for the second quarter of 2021, due to orders placed by Apple. Cyntec previously enjoyed a 30% YoY revenue increase for the first quarter.

The timing of the orders indicates that Apple's supply chain and production processes have somewhat recovered from 2020's COVID-19 pandemic, which heavily impacted assembly lines and global supplies in many industries. While the pandemic delayed 2020's iPhone releases, it appears that the 2021 version is much closer to normal production timings, such as for the 2019 iPhone 11 range.

This, in turn, could lead to a September debut of the new iPhone family, and possibly even September or early October shipment.

Among the suppliers, Cyntec is also anticipated to enjoy more orders in the third quarter of 2021, due to the increase of production of 5G-enabled iPhones. Quartz and oscillator supplier TXC will also benefit from an improved supply ratio for iPhone parts, by achieving higher yield rates for its products.

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