global smartphone shipments are expected to happen According to the latest forecast from IDC Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, up 3.5 percent to 1.31 billion units in 2022. Due to increasing challenges with supply and demand, IDC is significantly lowering its forecast for 2022, which previously projected growth of 1.6 percent.
IDC believes that Apple will be the “least affected vendor” because of its control over its supply chain and because iPhone customers are in the higher price bracket and not affected by macroeconomic issues such as inflation.
Weak demand, inflation, supply chain constraints and geopolitical tensions are all affecting smartphone vendors, leading to cuts. Even major smartphone makers like Samsung and Apple have cut orders. IDC says it expects challenges to subside by the end of the year, barring the new setbacks. The market is expected to rebound in 2023 with a growth of 5 percent.
The semiconductor supply problem is also expected to ease in the second half of 2022.
Phil Solis, Director of Enabling Technologies and IDC Research, said, “Current semiconductor supply issues will ease in the second half of 2022. On the SoC side, 4G SoC supply is tight, but the market is moving towards 5G SoC.” semiconductor devices. “The biggest problem has been the lack of components like PMIC, display controller and discrete Wi-Fi chips. Capacity is being increased for these semiconductors which are manufactured on higher process nodes and new versions of Wi-Fi chips are being manufactured. Fi. With new process nodes. At the same time, demand is falling. Combined, these changes in supply and demand will bring the market more into equilibrium.”
In the fiscal second quarter of 2022, Apple had difficulty meeting demand for existing iPhone, iPad and Mac models due to supply constraints, and the company said in April that it expects these problems to continue into the fiscal third quarter. Right now, the Mac and iPad are much more affected by supply chain issues than the iPhone.
Recent rumors have suggested that the iPhone 14 Max is several weeks behind other iPhone 14 models due to supply chain issues, but Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has said that Apple’s situation is under control and the provider is able to operate. Will be Extra time for monitoring. Whether these supply issues result in delays or there are fewer iPhones available to buy in September, it remains to be seen.