Apple (AAPL) Cut iPhone Production 20% in September and October, Assembly Line Stopped for ‘Several Days’ for the First Time in Over 10 Years - Nikkei

December 8, 2021 4:14 AM EST

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Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) has been experiencing severe supply chain bottlenecks this fall, according to a report in Nikkei Asia.

For the first time in over 10 years, the Cupertino-based titan was forced to stop the assembly line for “several days” as it continues to battle with severe chain issues and China’s power restriction.

Some workers were given time off instead of working extra shifts to meet the surging holiday demand, the report added. These challenges come after Apple already slashed the iPhone 13 production from 95 million to 83-85 million in 2021.

Production fell 20% of the initial goal in September and October, according to Nikkei. Moreover, iPad production fell 50% while production of older iPhones was down 25%. Accordingly, the situation improved in November.

This Nikkei report comes days after Bloomberg reported that Apple told its Asian suppliers that it is experiencing weaker demand for iPhone 13 going into the holiday season.

Apple share price trades 1.3% higher in pre-open Wednesday after recording a record high close of $171.18.

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