Apple is dealing with a shortage of chips that manage power consumption in its iPhones and other devices, Bloomberg reported Wednesday, citing unidentified people with knowledge of the matter. The shortage could affect Apple's ability to meet demand for its new flagship handset this holiday shopping season.
Power management chips are one of the priciest components after the main application processors that act as the brains of a device, modems and memory chips.
The cause of the shortage is trade restrictions and supply chain disruptions caused by COVID-19, the sources told the news agency. US attempts to limit sales to Huawei have resulted in the embattled Chinese company stocking up on components, leaving fewer parts for other buyers.
The shortages come as the global electronics industry continues to grapple with the effects of lockdowns that prevented full staffing at factories. The disruptions are expected to continue for the next six months, the sources said.
Apple didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.