Things are beginning to fall into place as far as the Apple iPhone 13 series is concerned. While the four handsets aren’t expected to be introduced until this coming September, we are beginning to hear more whispering concerning certain features and specs for the line. For example, the possibility that at least one of the 2021 models will be sold portless seems to becoming more and more possible. Earlier today we told you that Apple is reportedly testing ways that a portless iPhone could recover/restore lost data.
Another feature we’ve heard about is a doubling of the top storage capacity for this year’s iPhone Pro line from 512GB to 1TB. Samsung has already released phones with 1TB of data, though it has since scaled back its top tier to 512GB, and Apple has already added 1TB of storage to its highest-priced iPad Pro devices. However, according to 9to5Mac, there are signs that the upcoming iPhone 13 Pro models could offer consumers 1TB of data. Analysts at investment firm Wedbush say their review of the supply chain suggests Apple is indeed planning to give buyers of its higher-priced premium phones the option to pick up a device with 1TB of storage.
Wedbush also said its analysis of Apple’s supply chain shows that production of the iPhone 12 series remains strong. Wedbush analysts said in a note to investors read by AppleInsider that the usual spring decline in production orders for Apple’s handsets this year was smaller than normal. The firm’s analysts, Daniel Ives and Strecker Backe, say the tech giant remains bullish on its 2020 models. The two point out that Apple is not making any major changes to its production schedule, opting instead for “tweaks to near-term builds.” For the fiscal quarter that begins next month, Ives and Backe expect Apple to build between 56 and 62 million handsets. For the June quarter, the pair forecast iPhone production in the mid-40 million range.
The consensus on Wall Street is that Apple will produce 220 million iPhone units for 2021. But the Wedbush investor note on Feb. 21, last Sunday, spoke of “robust strength” in demand. It also mentioned that Apple could produce “north of 240 million units” or possibly a “stunning” 250 million units. The last time Wedbush analysts saw such demand for the device was in 2014, when they wrote, “We have not seen such a robust launch trend for Apple in several years. The only iPhone launch trend similar would be the iPhone 6 in 2014, based on our analysis.” The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus increased the size of the iPhone 5s’ 4-inch screen to 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches, respectively. This year’s super-cycle, which could continue with the iPhone 13 series in 2021, was helped by the iPhone 12 series’ 5G capabilities and new design. To a lesser extent, demand was also driven by the more powerful and energy-efficient A14 Bionic chipset.
Apple’s supply chain indicates 1TB storage option for 5G iPhone 13 Pro models