Buyers of Apple's new iPhone 13 face longer-than-expected delivery times because of a wave of COVID-19 infections in Vietnam, where components for the device's new camera module are assembled, Nikkei Asia said.
The disruption, which could ease as soon as mid-October, is linked to a constriction in supplies of modules for the phone's four models, as a significant number of components are assembled in Vietnam, Nikkei said, citing people familiar with the matter.
In the Philippines, Globe and Smart have teased the arrival of the iPhone 13 series without giving pre-order details.
The iPhone 13 series offers improvements in camera quality, battery life and processor speed over 2021's iPhone 12 smartphones. The notch or cutout on the front screen was also reduced for the first time since 2017.