Summer is slowly coming to an end. What may cause sadness for normal consumers due to the falling temperatures, puts a smile on the faces of Apple fans year after year. After all, as experience shows, the annual keynote awaits us in September, which features the latest iPhone. Even before the latest generation of the popular smartphone is even presented, production is naturally already running at full speed. Apple is now obviously having problems finding enough production staff in China’s large factories.
Is Apple experiencing production bottlenecks?
Not only have there been rumors about the new iPhone 13 this year, but for nearly two months rumors have also been circulating among industry experts that Apple could have a serious production problem with the iPhone 13 this year. These speculations have now received some confirmation. As it turns out, it is not missing chips or other technical components that are standing in the way of brisk production this time. Instead, the company lacks a sufficient number of employees. Accordingly, Apple is properly stirring the advertising drum and is even offering attractive salary bonuses in the Far East.
Attractive salary bonuses
Apple will of course be annoyed that this problem has existed since June of this year. A real improvement is said to have not yet taken place. Even if no missing chips will cause bottlenecks this time, we can probably expect similar consequences as with iPhone 12, but also PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, GeForce RTX 3080, etc. Thus, Apple disciples will have to factor in a long wait for the iPhone 13 as well, if they are not the very first in line.
The two largest and equally significant manufacturing companies for Apple are Foxconn and Pegatron. The Chinese companies have now brought out heavier guns and want to lure potential employees with high bonus payments. Given the full employment that currently prevails in China in the electronics sector, corresponding companies have to put such strategies into practice. After all, pretty much every company has to make up for the Corona and chip shortage-related production delays from 2020/2021. In particular, bonuses at Foxconn and Pegatron are said to have increased by almost 50% (from about 810 euros to 1,200 euros).
Other suppliers are also affected
But it is not only the two major suppliers that are affected by such problems. On top of that, smaller suppliers are also increasingly causing Apple concern. In particular, Lens Technology, which is responsible for manufacturing the displays, seems to be overwhelmed by Apple’s large order. Here, too, there is simply a lack of manpower to cope with the mountain of work. The touchscreen experts have even doubled their bonus for a new employee. A look at the numbers makes it quite clear that Apple has also placed correspondingly ambitious orders. As many as 100,000,000 devices of the upcoming iPhone generation are to be produced in the first few months. A total of 150,000,000 are to be produced by the end of 2021. Let’s see if Apple can achieve this goal.