Apple is facing a global shortage of certain components for some of its MacBook and iPad models, prompting the Cupertino tech giant and its suppliers to delay production of the products, according to a new report from Nikkei Asia.
According to the report, MacBook production is prevented due to the lack of chips mounted on the printed circuit board before final assembly, which is an important step in the overall production process. IPad production is affected due to lack of display and display components, the report adds.
In response to the pushed production, Apple has postponed component orders on the two devices until the second half of the year. While MacBook and iPad production are directly affected, iPhone production has not been affected so far. However, industrial sources say that supplies for iPhone components are limited.
Production plans for Apple’s iconic iPhones have so far not been affected by supply shortages, though delivery of some components to the devices, according to two sources, is “quite tight”. Overall, component shortages remain an issue with Apple’s supply chain and have yet to affect consumer product availability, the Nikkei has learned.
Apple is widely expected to launch new iPad Pro models and possibly redesign the MacBook Pros with Apple Silicon in the coming months. Bloomberg has reported that new iPad models with drastically improved performance and a new mini-LED display are just weeks away from launch.
While Nikkei does not specify which iPad and MacBook models are affected due to the lack, it certainly seems plausible that the delayed collection of the products may result in some kind of delayed product announcement from Apple.