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The launch of the iPhone 7 might be delayed because the suppliers can’t keep up with the order to mass produce the components that are needed to assemble the device. In the worst case, the flagship will be released in October, that if TSMC, one of the suppliers, will not recover on time after the 6.4 magnitude earthquake that hit Taiwan.



Because of the natural disaster, TSMC’s wafer shipments have been decreased, but investigations have concluded that this was not a serious problem, and things are starting to progress. The other two suppliers of Apple are Cirrus Logic and Analog Devices and they signed a contract to provide inner components of the iPhone 7. They’ve already “requested their foundry and back-end service providers to reserve a significant portion of their production capacities in the second and third quarters”.

Cirrus Logic and Analog Devices have an important role, as their components will help Apple create a slimmer iPhone with dual-lens design, while TSMC will be mass producing the A10 chip that will be used for both the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. It is said that its production will start in June and we’re hoping that it will be finished on time.

The iPhone 7 Plus will benefit from “high-end shooting features such as optical zoom and optical stabilization” and this new technology will make Apple ditch the protruding main camera lens. This upgrade will be possible thanks to Apple’s new suppliers, so we’re expecting a small change in design, as least on the back.

However, in parallel, Apple is busy preparing the release of the 4-inch iPhone 5SE, iPad Air 3, MacBook Pro and Air 2016, which will be unveiled next month. We’re not sure if the iPhone 7 will show up in September, but if the three companies that are in charge with the production of its components will be able to make progress and will compensate for the time lost, then Apple will follow the release pattern without any problems.

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