Apple (AAPL) Faces MacBook and iPad Production Delays, iPhone Not Affected But Supply is 'Quite Tight': Report

April 8, 2021 6:35 AM EDT

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The global supply chain shortages have also impacted Apple's (NASDAQ: AAPL) plans, the Nikkei reports today.

A key phase in MacBook production is being hampered by lack of components, the report notes. Furthermore, the iPad manufacturing process was also hindered amid a shortage of displays and display components.

As a result, Apple has been forced to push back some component orders for these two devices from the first half of this year to the second half.

The company’s flagship product - iPhone - is not affected yet by the shortage, but the report notes that supply for the smartphone lineup is “quite tight.”

MS Hwang, analyst at Samsung Securities, said last month that chip shortage is affecting everyone but Apple, after key smartphone rival Samsung reported it is facing the same issues.

“The tightened supply of Qualcomm AP chips produced by TSMC is affecting everybody except Apple. PCs will soon be hit due to the short supply of display driver ICs, and the profitability of TV will be affected by soaring LCD panel prices,” Hwang said.



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