iPhone 12 batteries chip shortages trouble Apple to meet demand in key quarter at sales level: Apple is going to have a hard time meeting all the demand generated by the new iPhone 12.

Bloomberg points out that the manufacturer's suppliers are having difficulties due to the shortage of some components: specific chips for the management of the battery of the new mobiles. Citing sources familiar with the problem, the agency details that its ability to meet all the demand that is generated this Christmas has been diminished.

At the moment it is not clear how this new bottleneck will affect the production of the new devices. The reason is easy to imagine: the coronavirus pandemic. Although there are other factors, such as the massive purchase of chips made by Huawei months ago in the knowledge that the new US sanctions were going to come into force that would veto access to components with North American technology.

The shortage is of chips that help in the management of the battery of the phones, something that is also essential in the new iPhone 12, which need greater performance in these terms due to the improvements of its camera and its compatibility with 5G networks.

Apple's leading chip supplier, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co-TSMC-already warned in October that 5G-enabled mobiles require between 30% and 40% more chips than 4G mobiles, according to Bloomberg.

iPhone 12 batteries chip shortages trouble Apple

Even so, it seems that the iPhone manufacturer already had these supply problems. "They are not a surprise "and it is" difficult to predict " how it will affect the manufacture of the new iPhone 12, detailed Tim Cook, the CEO of the multinational, in a recent meeting with analysts. However, the supply and production problems come at a complicated time for the company, when it has just announced its new terminals and therefore the quarter of its launch window is the most delicate.

Despite everything, Apple has several vendors for its battery management chips. The iPhone 12 Pro uses components from a firm called Texas Instruments Inc to manage the system power that is derived to the device's camera. It includes similar semiconductors from STMicroelectronics NV and a chip from Qualcomm for its 5G modem.

There is also work advanced by Apple in the field of battery management: in 2018 it bought the technology and other assets of Dialog Semiconductor Plc for more than 600 million dollars.

Bloomberg details that on the official website of Apple for the US delays have been detected in the shipments of iPhone 12 Pro until the end of November. In China, one of its key markets, some analysts are already questioning its ability to meet demand, after Apple presented in its results the poorest revenues in the Asian market in recent years and local rivals such as Huawei or Xiaomi are grabbing more and more market share.

iPhone 12 batteries chip shortages trouble Apple


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Lime asks the government for a regular framework for scooters to lay a foundation at national level:" it is a question of providing legal certainty"

Shared electric scooter company Lime is calling on the government to create a regulatory framework at the state level to help municipalities manage these vehicles in their area.

This is what the Managing director of Lime in Spain, Portugal and Latin America, Álvaro Salvat, said on Wednesday in an interview with Business Insider Spain.

Such regulation would include key issues such as where to park, where you can drive, maximum speed or how to make a public tender that determines which companies can operate and with how many vehicles in each population, as suggested by the Californian Lime.

"We would love for a national framework to be folded and for municipalities not to have to endure this working pressure, because we also know that they have limited resources. We know of many municipalities that are asking for this", says Salvat.

This " regulatory effort "would seek to lay concrete foundations that can be applied directly by local authorities and provide" legal certainty " to these companies, for which not many cities do not have specific legislation.

The truth is that scooter sharing or sharing companies are finding it difficult to establish themselves in Spanish cities beyond Madrid and Malaga: in Barcelona, these vehicles are not regulated, and they are chased and fined; Valencia also rejects them and some others, such as Seville and Zaragoza, are now promoting public tenders to distribute licenses.

All this has caused many of these companies to leave the country in the last year and a half. Practically only the American Lime, Bird and Spanish Movo (Cabify), Reby and Buny are left; they survive despite the impact that the pandemic has caused on their accounts.

But shared e-scooters have been in Spain since 2018, Lime being the first to deploy, that August in Madrid, and citizens still have to search the websites of their respective municipalities where they can circulate with them, which generates a confusion that the manager considers unnecessary.

"Today, if the municipalities do not put the batteries will already be a citizen demand more than part of a political program", indicates the high office, something in which Lime Spain is willing to help local governments or the DGT or the government, with which it has already held talks about it, they say.

Salvat also warns that the non-regulation of the sector may cause the entry of "business umbrella" or of lawyers or consultants, who are not engaged in the sector —as happened with the first auction of licenses, the city Council of Madrid— "and this is not the will of the city council but is the consequence of a regulation that has been made conRecursos limited".

Lime plans to expand to a greater number of Spanish cities during 2021, a year in which it hopes to achieve the profitability it had originally planned for this.

The company has been boosted globally in recent months despite the coronavirus pandemic —its CEO has gone so far as to say that the coronavirus "has turned what was a headwind into a tailwind" - growth that, he says, has also experienced in Spain, although he has not provided economic data about it.

Right now it has between 600 and 1,000 employees worldwide. This year it has also absorbed Uber's JUMP scooters and bikes, following a inversión 170 million investment by the driverless car company in Lime.


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