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Production of MacBook and iPad said to be affected by global chip shortage

By Cookie Monster - on 9 Apr 2021, 12:00am

Production of MacBook and iPad said to be affected by global chip shortage

The Apple iPad Pro (2020).

Apple is starting to feel the effects of the global chip shortage. 

Sources told Nikkei Asia that production of some MacBooks and iPad models has been delayed. The mounting of components on printed circuit boards, which is a crucial step in the production of MacBook, is delayed due to the chip shortages. iPad assembly is also affected because of a shortage of display and display components. This forced Apple to push back some component orders from the first half of the year to the second half.

For now, production plans for the upcoming iPhones have not been affected although two sources claim the supply of certain components to be "quite tight". While the global chip shortage is a supply chain issue for Apple, Nikkei believes it will not affect the product availability for consumers at the moment. Apple is rumoured to be introducing new iPads later this month and MacBooks around the middle of the year.

Reuters reported last month that the global chip shortage is expected to hit phone shipments this year with Qualcomm struggling to meet demand for its mobile chipsets. Samsung is considering to skip the 2021 Galaxy Note due to "serious imbalance" of chips. Foxconn expects the component shortages to last till Q2 2022.

Source: Nikkei Asia

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