May 17, 2020

Apple iPhone 5 expected to be released in September

Supply Chain
Supply Chain Problems
Supply Chain Shortages
Supply Chain
Freddie Pierce
2 min
The iPhone 5 looks to be all set for a September release, but could Apple be launching another new iPhone?
The Apple supply chain has been all over the place over the past few months. Yes, there was the Foxconn factory explosion, which reportedly affected iP...

The Apple supply chain has been all over the place over the past few months.

Yes, there was the Foxconn factory explosion, which reportedly affected iPad 2 production. It was also reported that there were shortages from Foxconn before the factory explosion.

Despite those concerns, Apple still held the top spot on Gartner’s list of the world’s top supply chains for the fourth year in a row.

Now, Apple is reportedly ramping up its production efforts in anticipation of launching the iPhone 5, according to Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty.

“Apple’s next iPhone will begin production in mid to late August and ramp aggressively” into the calendar fourth quarter, Huberty noted to clients. The iPhone 5 is expected to be on the shelves sometime before the end of the third calendar quarter, which ends in September.

A report by NBC noted that the iPhone 5 is expected to be available by October.


Top 25 Supply Chains named by Gartner

Supply Chain shortages catching up to Apple

Foxconn factory explosion hurts tech supply chain

Check out June’s issue of Supply Chain Digital!

Some reports out there are suggesting that Apple is planning on releasing two iPhones for a September release. While this has not been confirmed and should be regarded as a rumor at this point, Apple could conceivably launch both an iPhone 5 and a mid-range iPhone 4S.

Deutsche Bank’s Chris Whitmore told clients in a note yesterday to expect both the iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S to be released in the near future.

"With Nokia and RIMM struggling, the time is right for Apple to aggressively penetrate the mid range smart-phone market (i.e. $300-500 category) to dramatically expand its [total addressable market] and market share,” Whitmore wrote, according to a report on CNN.

Even if Apple is just releasing one new iPhone before the months leading up to the holiday season, its global supply chain must be doing just fine following the effects from the Japan disaster and the Foxconn shortages.

Share article

Jun 9, 2021

Biden establishes Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force

3 min
US government lays out plans for supply chain transformation following results of the supply chain review ordered by President Biden in February

The US government is to establish a new body with the express purpose of addressing imbalances and other supply chain concerns highlighted in a review of the sector, ordered by President Joe Biden shortly after his inauguration. 

The Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force will “focus on areas where a mismatch between supply and demand has been evident,” the White House said. The division will be headed up by the Secretaries of Commerce, Transportation, and Agriculture, and will focus on housing construction, transportation, agriculture and food, and semiconductors - a drastic shortage of which has hit some of the US economy’s biggest industries in consumer technology and vehicle manufacturing. 

“The Task Force will bring the full capacity of the federal government to address near-term supply/demand mismatches. It will convene stakeholders to diagnose problems and surface solutions - large and small, public or private - that could help alleviate bottlenecks and supply constraints,” the White House said. 

In late February, President Biden ordered a 100 day review of the supply chain across the key areas of medicine, raw materials and agriculture, the findings of which were released this week. While the COVID-19 health crisis had a deleterious effect on the nation’s supply chain, the published assessment of findings says the root cause runs much deeper. The review concludes that “decades of underinvestment”, alongside public policy choices that favour quarterly results and short-term solutions, have left the system “fragile”. 

In response, the administration aims to address four key issues head on, strengthening its position in health and medicine, sustainable and alternative energy, critical mineral mining and processing, and computer chips. 

Support domestic production of critical medicines


  • A syndicate of public and private entities will jointly work towards manufacturing and onshoring of essential medical suppliers, beginning with a list of 50-100 “critical drugs” defined by the Food and Drug Administration. 
  • The consortium will be led by the Department of Health and Human Services, which will commit an initial $60m towards the development of a “novel platform technologies to increase domestic manufacturing capacity for API”. 
  • The aim is to increase domestic production and reduce the reliance upon global supply chains, particularly with regards to medications in short supply.

Secure an end-to-end domestic supply chain for advanced batteries


  • The Department of Energy will publish a ‘National Blueprint for Lithium Batteries’, beginning a 10 year plan to "develop a domestic lithium battery supply chain that combats the climate crisis by creating good-paying clean energy jobs across America”. 
  • The effort will leverage billions in funding “to finance key strategic areas of development and fill deficits in the domestic supply chain capacity”. 

Invest in sustainable domestic and international production and processing of critical minerals


  • An interdepartmental group will be established by the Department of Interior to identify sites where critical minerals can be produced and processed within US borders. It will collaborate with businesses, states, tribal nations and stockholders to “expand sustainable, responsible critical minerals production and processing in the United States”. 
  • The group will also identify where regulations may need to be updated to ensure new mining and processing “meets strong standards”.

Partner with industry, allies, and partners to address semiconductor shortages


  • The Department of Commerce will increase its partnership with industry to support further investment in R&D and production of semiconductor chips. The White House says its aim will be to “facilitate information flow between semiconductor producers and suppliers and end-users”, improving transparency and data sharing. 
  • Enhanced relationships with foreign allies, including Japan and South Korea will also be strengthened with the express proposed of increasing chip output, promoting further investment in the sector and “to promote fair semiconductor chip allocations”. 

Share article