The chip crisis is going to get worse, even Apple is expected to repeat the chip in its next iPhone
The crisis in Ukraine has only exacerbated the global chip shortage, all because two companies, Ingas and Cryoin, have cut off their supply of neon gas, essential for production. With this, companies like Apple could have to repeat the chip in the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max.
At the start of the pandemic in 2020, many countries and industries were forced to temporarily stop operations in an attempt to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. However, and despite the fact that everything has returned to a certain normality, we have a new front: the war in Ukraine.
As we have already mentioned, Two companies that supply neon gas, Ingas and Cryoin, have suspended global supply. Since both companies are responsible for providing roughly half of the world’s neon gas, this is a huge setback in chip production.
According to the companies, they say that the ongoing war has caused the destruction of critical infrastructure, and as a result, they have been forced to close their operations.
The fact that half of that production has disappeared (and we don’t know for how long), it means companies will have to source from other companies, which in turn could create a massive backlog. As well could push neon gas prices up even higher.
And it is that large companies like Apple could be affected. The Apple analyst who usually predicts new product launches, Ming-Chi Kuo, has tweeted that he thinks Apple could break with tradition this year and launch some iPhone 14 models with the same A15 chip as the iPhone 13.
Only two Pro models would upgrade to the A16 processor, while the 14 & 14 Max will remain the A15. All four new models will likely come with 6GB RAM, with the difference being LPDDR 5 (14 Pro & 14 Pro Max) vs. LPDDR 4X (14 & 14 Max). https://t.co/tHcszIz6gX
— 郭明錤 (Ming-Chi Kuo) (@mingchikuo) March 13, 2022
The A15 chip would power the 6.1-inch iPhone 14 and 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Max, although the RAM memory would go from 4 GB to 6 GB.
If true, This would be the first time in nearly a decade that Apple has reused the specifications of the iPhone, in terms of the type of series of chips it uses. The last time the company did this was in 2013, when the iPhone 5S had the A7, but the cheaper iPhone 5C just had the A6 chipone year old.
Even though It is a rumor somewhat far from reality, Ming-Chi Kuo has had a solid track record in the past and coupled with the current crisis situation, it could become a very certain reality. Perhaps the idea that they continue to improve their terminals is less far-fetched, but at a higher cost and that will be reflected in consumer prices.