The recent Vietnam COVID-19 outbreak is delaying iPhone 13 deliveries

A recent report explains why iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max deliveries are taking longer than expected.


Technically, the iPhone 13 is already here. Just not, here here, if you get what we mean.

Despite its best efforts, Apple couldn't avoid any delays to its iPhone 13 lineup.

After revealing its latest iPhone earlier this month, Apple is currently facing supply issues resulting in a significant delay in the deliveries of the iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max. Because of this, a recent report claims that consumers who pre-ordered any variant of the iPhone 13 and still haven't gone theirs yet might have to wait a lot longer than expected.

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When are the iPhone 13 units going to be delivered?

Even with the delays, consumers continue to line up for the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max phones.

Surprisingly enough, iPhone 13's supply chain isn't affected by the ongoing global semiconductor crisis. Instead, Apple's problems are a combination of the COVID-19 pandemic and the upgrades that it made to the iPhone 13. Case in point, the formerly exclusive sensor-shift image stabilization tech from the iPhone 12 Pro Max has now been applied to the entire iPhone 13 lineup. Meanwhile, Apple is also using larger sensors for the wide and ultra-wide cameras in all the iPhone 13 Pro variants.

As the COVID-19 pandemic disrupts suppliers of the camera modules in Vietnam, along with the increased demand of sensor-shift stabilization to four models from one last year, Apple has had no choice but to delay the delivery of iPhone 13 units. The silver lining here is that the situation is starting to improve in Vietnam. If this keeps up, the production facilities in the country might resume operations by mid-October.

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With that said, multiple analysts and trusted sources suggest that the ongoing delay might last for at least two weeks for the base iPhone 13 and its mini variant. Meanwhile, consumers can expect a long delay of up to four weeks, if not longer, for the more premium Pro and Pro Max models.

It's not all bad news though. Despite the relatively minute changes between the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 lineup, people are still flocking to buy the latest iPhone. In particular, the more expensive iPhone variants are a huge hit. This is likely due to the phone's 120Hz OLED panel. This is the first time that Apple has added such a display to its phones, so users don't want to miss out.

All things considered, the delays aren't as bad now compared to last year. In 2020, Apple delayed the launch of the iPhone 12 to November with the shortage spilling well over onto early 2021.

Ray Ampoloquio
Ray is based in the Philippines. He is a lifelong gamer and a PC hardware enthusiast. He builds and repairs laptops and computers for friends and family in his spare time. You can find Ray on Twitter.