MacBook and iPad production have reportedly been affected by a shortage of electronic components.
Citing sources familiar with the matter, Nikkei Asia reported Thursday that ongoing global chip shortage has now hit Apple, with some iPads and MacBooks affected. Nikkei Asia reported that some iPad mounts have been affected by a lack of display components, while MacBook production has been delayed due to a lack of chips – an issue that is affected major manufacturers such as Tesla, GM and Samsung.
Apple did not immediately return a request for comment on the report.
Nikkei Asia reported that Apple has delayed some of the component orders for affected devices from the first half of 2021 until later in the year as a result of the ongoing release. But Apple is certainly not alone in being affected by chip shortages. And something estimates see the problem continues into 2022, including from the Apple vendor Foxconn.
Samsung, for example, is another major manufacturer affected by chip shortages, with CEO Koh Dong-jin saying during a recent shareholders’ meeting that there was “a serious imbalance in supply and demand for chips in the IT sector globally.”
General Motors, meanwhile, is stopping production at two of its factories as a result of the global shortage of components, Detroit Free Press reported Thursday. General Motors spokesman David Barnas told the newspaper that the company’s’ intention is to make up for as much production lost at these factories as possible.
In other words, everyone is feeling chip crunching right now. Even the most powerful manufacturer on the planet is reportedly not immune to component deficiencies.