Apple Macbook and iPad are affected by global chip shortages and have production delays
At present, the world is affected by the shortage of chips, and all kinds of chips in different industries will inevitably be affected. As a major chip manufacturer and TSMC’s number one customer, major manufacturers in the supply chain have always placed Apple at the top priority to ensure a stable supply. Even if industry giants such as Nvidia and AMD have been plagued by chip shortages for a long time, and rushing for production capacity, Apple is still stable.
However, as time went by, Apple gradually encountered supply difficulties and was ultimately not immune. According to Nikkei Asia, due to the global shortage of parts and components, some production of the Macbook series and iPad series has been postponed, and individual orders have even been postponed to the second half of 2021. It is understood that the reason why Apple has no new products this time is the shortage of display driver chips reported by the media recently. Since even Apple can’t avoid it, it shows that this problem is already very serious, and the squeezing of supply has caused a production bottleneck in the entire industry.
The industry generally believes that Apple will launch a new version of the iPad Pro, while the Mac product line will gradually transition to models equipped with self-developed chips. It was previously reported that the new 12.9-inch iPad Pro equipped with Mini LED display will be officially mass-produced this month.
If the above is bad news, then the good news is that the production of the iPhone series has not been affected so far, but the supply of parts is very tight. It is foreseeable that for a period of time in the future, the shortage of various chips and parts will still be a major problem that Apple’s supply chain will face.