Bloomberg notes that power management is particularly important for the iPhone 12 due to its additional camera features and 5G capabilities. Apple has multiple power management chip suppliers, as revealed by a recent teardown from iFixit.
The iPhone 12 Pro uses a power management chip for the camera system from Texas Instruments, and an equivalent chip from STMicroelectronics and Qualcomm for the 5G modem, in addition to a power management chip designed by Apple itself.
The shortage of power management chips is reportedly causing a bottleneck in Apple’s already frustrated supply situation, further complicating its ability to meet holiday demand.
Apple is now facing supply constraints across multiple devices, including the iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch, leading to long wait times for orders. At the end of last month, Apple CEO Tim Cook told investors that the company is “working really, really hard” to remedy the ongoing supply issues.
Earlier today, it was reported that Apple has been repurposing components from iPad models in the iPhone 12 Pro in an effort to meet demand.