/>
X

Apple broke bad news to iPhone fans

Getting hold of a shiny new iPhone could become harder than ever.
adrian-kingsley-hughes.jpg
Written by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, Contributor on

We've known this was a problem.

I expected that if there was any time when Apple top brass would mention it, it would be during the earnings call.

And that's when it happened.

Apple, like most other tech firms, is feeling the pinch due to component shortages.

A word that came up a lot during the call was "constraints." It was up to Apple CFO Luca Maestri to break the bad news.

"… we expect supply constraints during the September quarter to be greater than what we experienced during the June quarter. The constraints will primarily impact iPhone and iPad."

Must read: Don't buy these Apple products: July 2021 edition

Normally, I'd put this down to scarcity marketing -- "get in there quick with your iPhone orders, because otherwise you'll miss out and the cool kids will laugh at you" sort of thing -- but these supply constraints are real and they're affecting almost every company that is involved in making things.

CEO Tim Cook went on to fill in some more details about the constraints.

"The majority of constraints we're seeing are of the variety that I think others are saying that are I would classify as industry shortage. We do have some shortages, in addition to that, that are where the demand has been so great and so beyond our own expectation that it's difficult to get the entire set of parts within the lead times that we try to get those. So it's a little bit of that as well."

A little bit of this, a little bit of that.

On the whole, Apple does like to underpromise and overdeliver, especially where Wall Street is concerned, so it doesn't surprise me that there's this air of caution.

It makes sense.

The landscape is changing rapidly.

But I think that it's interesting and somewhat telling that Apple was willing to make such a statement, a statement that caused stocks to fall as a result.

This statement was not made lightly.

If you're someone who likes getting a new iPhone as soon as they're out, you might have to work a little harder this year.

Related

3 very simple ways to take notes on your iPad using an Apple Pencil
sample-image-16-9-red.jpg

3 very simple ways to take notes on your iPad using an Apple Pencil

Tablets
WhatsApp and Apple work together to make it easier for Android users to jump to iPhone
iphone-13-pro-pro-max-1.jpg

WhatsApp and Apple work together to make it easier for Android users to jump to iPhone

Mobility
Here's how Apple tells if you've dropped your iPhone into water
Liquid Contact Indicator stickers

Here's how Apple tells if you've dropped your iPhone into water

iPhone