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Contaminated gas may have impacted iPhone 13 chip production

July 30, 2021


Apple’s proactive procurement policy has kept it largely immune from the global shortage but a recent incident at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) shows that planning can only go so far.

The chip manufacturing company has reported gas contamination at the Fab 18 factory where processors are presumably being made for the iPhone 13, the next Macs, and possibly the 2022 iPad Pro.

The company has told Nikkei Asia that some production lines in the South Taiwan Science Park are believed to have received contaminated gases from suppliers. This was discovered yesterday and the company was swift in replacing the gas supplies.

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