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iPhone 13 leaks have revealed many of Apple’s biggest new upgrades, but the problems surround the launch. And they just got worse. 
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In a new report, the Wall Street Journal has revealed that two manufacturers of tiny — but critical — iPhone components are suffering serious production issues that “threaten” to impact iPhone 13 supply just weeks from launch.
The WSJ explains that the suppliers — Murata Manufacturing and Taiyo Yuden Co — manufacture multilayer ceramic capacitors (MLCCs), tiny pieces of ceramic used to control the flow of electricity inside a device. Over 1,000 MLCCs are required in an average smartphone.
Both suppliers have been impacted by a surge of Covid-19 infections across East Asia. Taiyo Yuden has been forced to operate without 40% of its employees while Murata, the world’s largest MLCC manufacturer (responsible for 40% of the global MLCC supply), has had to shut down. The Philippines-based company has seen cases triple in the country over the last 6 weeks. 
The news compounds earlier supply warnings from Apple itself. In July, Apple CFO Luca Maestri said “We expect supply constraints during the September quarter to be greater than what we experienced during the June quarter. The constraints will primarily impact iPhone and iPad.”
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And the challenges are growing. Last month TSMC, Apple’s largest chip supplier, announced a significant increase in component pricing which analysts warn could lead to last minute iPhone 13 price hikes. Just two weeks earlier, Apple was understood to have decided against increasing prices. On the flip side, recent iPhone 13 release date leaks suggest Apple could launch the phones within two weeks. So we won’t have to wait long to learn whether or not Tim Cook has decided to swallow the additional costs. 
Furthermore, for those who are committed to upgrading the rewards will be significant. Multiple leaks have revealed the new iPhone 13 range will come with massive new rear cameras, larger batteries, quicker charging, next-gen WiFi and a smaller notch. iPhone 13 Pro buyers will also benefit from globally upgraded 5G, 120Hz ProMotion displays and twice the storage
But be warned, chip shortages have already seen scalpers send console prices sky high. iPhone fans who miss out on the initial batch of iPhone 13 models are likely to face similar exploitative sales tactics. So if you are planning to upgrade, be ready to act fast.  
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Hands-on: PHNX’s Google Pixel 6 and 6 Pro ultra-thin case lineup – 9to5Google

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Below we go hands-on with the super-sleek and ultra-thin PHNX case lineup for the Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. 9to5Google readers can grab a PHNX case now for 20% OFF with our code 9TO5GOOGLE for a limited time.
Check out our hands-on with the PHNX Pixel 6 series case lineup from PHNX below:

The company has made smartphone cases that have been designed specifically with minimalists in mind or just those that hate adding yet more bulk to their pocket. Every single case from PHNX is ideally suited to those that want to not only protect their prized possession but don’t want to lose functionality and — most importantly — form. That’s an important differentiator given the large footprints of the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro, which come in at 6.4-inches and 6.67-inches respectively.
There are a ton of cases out there that claim total device coverage but not very many can offer protection without increasing device bulk quite substantially. PHNX Pixel 6 cases have always taken a different approach for the unique contours of the latest Made by Google smartphone series. Rather than being heavy and bulky, these cases let you enjoy the unique look and feel of your brand new smartphone but without any sort of over-the-top branding or logos — meaning you’re not inadvertently advertising a brand simply by protecting your phone.
At just 0.35mm or 0.01-inches thin, you’ll benefit from an extra layer of protection without needing to make more room in your pocket or sacrifice the curves and contours of either of the massive late-2021 flagship Pixel handsets. If you want to protect your display, all PHNX cases play nicely with screen protectors and other common accessories such as smartphone grips.
Not wanting to hinder access to important buttons and controls, PHNX has paid close attention to access to things such as charge port, volume and power buttons on each of their ultra-thin cases. Every single case for Pixel 6 (or any other device) is lazer cut for precise access to all of the most important portions of your smartphone — including the speakers. There is also a raised lip around the precious rear camera bar/visor to ensure it’s protected when placed on flat surfaces — especially across the curved glass corners.
With the Pixel 6 weighing in at 207g and the Pixel 6 Pro at 210g, neither option would be considered “lightweight” by modern smartphone standards. Luckily each and every PHNX case is for the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro adds no noticeable extra mass without sacrificing protection. The color options are simple and refined with Frosted White, Frosted Black and, Matte Black available:
All PHNX cases ship within just one business day and are backed by a 100% money-back guarantee if you are not completely satisfied. 9to5Google readers can hit the links below to grab a PHNX case now with 20% OFF with our code 9TO5GOOGLE for a limited time:
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