TSMC has narrowed its revenue growth outlook this year to 24%, based on its forecast of 4.5% sales rise at the midpoint of the foundry house's latest guidance for fourth-quarter 2021. Despite a media report's claims that Apple is cutting its production goals for iPhone 13 seies for 2021, components suppliers have disclosed hey have not seen any reductions in orders from the client for the new smartphones. In China, manufacturers are making contingency plans to cope with power restrictions, which they expect will become a long-term policy of the country.
TSMC expects 4.5% revenue growth in 4Q21: TSMC expects to post revenues of between US$15.4 billion and US$15.7 billion in the fourth quarter of 2021, which is a 4.5% sequential increase at the midpoint. Gross margin and operating margin for the quarter are estimated at 51-53% and 39-41%, respectively.
Component suppliers see no cutback in orders for iPhone 13: Component suppliers for Apple's new iPhones have seen no cutback in orders thus far this year, in contrast to a media report indicating Apple may slash its projected iPhone 13 production targets for 2021 by as many as 10 million units due to chip shortage, according to industry sources.
China power restrictions to challenge supply chains in the long term: Supply chains are moving to cope with China's power reductions in one way or another, with the prospect the restrictions may become a long-term policy and will inevitably drive up production costs, according to industry sources.