As new Apple products are expected to launch in Q3 and Q4 of 2021, DigiTimes reports that several of the company’s suppliers have begun component shipments for the new iPhone 13, Apple Watch 7, and third-generation AirPods.
Other supply chain partners like TSMC, Samsung, and Foxconn have also geared up for the production phase of the upcoming products. TSMC is reported to have begun production of the next-generation A15 Bionic chip to power the iPhone 13 series and in the prevailing global silicon shortage, the manufacturer will prioritize Apple orders in Q3 of 2021 which means that iPhone 13 will launch in the usual September frame time. Samsung and LG have kicked off OLED panel production for the new smartphone series.
Component shipments begin for new Apple products with System in a Package (SiP)
The paywalled report viewed by MacRumors states that;
“Suppliers including Semco, LG Innotek, Kinsus, Unimicron, Nan Ya, Zhen Ding and AT&S have all kicked off their BT substrate shipments for Apple’s next-generation products including the Apple Watch, AirPods and iPhone, which all adopt SiP modules.”
The new AirPods are rumored to have a new design which is a mixture of AirPods and AirPods Pro variants. Its earbuds with shorted stems, and a charging case that won’t be as narrow as the AirPods and not as wide as AirPod Pro. In addition, the low costing Bluetooth in-the-ear headphones will not come with the active noise cancellation feature. Bloomberg confirms that the launch is on track for late 2021.
Apple Watch 7 would ship with new sensors to bring more health features to the smartwatch. In a new design language with thinner bezels and improved screen lamination, the smartwatch will be equipped with ultra-wideband connectivity, a body temperature sensor, new AirTag technology, and more.
iPhone 13 series is reported to have four models like the iPhone 12 series but with a larger battery, smaller notch, improved camera system, 120Hz refresh rate, and more. But the new smartphone series will retail for the same cost as the iPhone 12 models.