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Global chip shortages hit iPad and MacBook production, the report says



Apple has not been spared the effects of the ongoing global component shortage, according to a new report in Nikkei. The publication says that some production of MacBooks and iPads has been delayed, with “part of component orders” pushed back to the second half of 2021.

The problem with MacBooks is said to be related to the ability to mount certain components on circuit boards before mounting the device. Delayed iPad production, meanwhile, is apparently due to a lack of monitors and monitor components. Bloomberg reported earlier this week on how the tight supply of display drivers is causing a bottleneck across the technology industry.

Nikkei did not say which MacBook or iPad models would be affected, nor whether delayed production was for existing devices or as yet unannounced updates. Apple is expected to launch new versions of the iPad Pro this year, as well as continue the transition to distributing its own processors across the Mac line. Analyst Ming-chi Kuo recently said that a new 1

2.9-inch iPad Pro with a Mini LED screen would go into mass production this month.

IPhone production is said to be unaffected so far, although two sources described the component supply as “quite tight.” Nikkei says the shortage “remains a supply chain problem for Apple and has not yet had an impact on product availability.”


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