There is currently a global shortage of semiconductors affecting all industries as almost all hardware today depends on some level of silicon. The auto industry is taking a hit, especially as manufacturers fail to produce as many cars as they planned while they wait for parts’ availability.
As one of the world’s largest silicon buyers, Apple’s sheer size and market power allow them to buy their available capacity and still produce mainstream products like the iPhone without any injury. However, today’s report from Nikkei states that even Apple is hurting as production of some iPads and MacBook models have been affected.
Nikkei said the iPad assembly was taking off due to a shortage of display components. Meanwhile, suppliers of MacBooks are stuck on a critical bottleneck: the component mounting process on the circuit board.
These problems mean that Apple is forced to drive manufacturing. In the second half of the year, according to Nikkei, the report did not say which iPads and MacBook models were particularly affected.
It is widely rumored that Apple is preparing to refresh the iPad Pro for early 2021, but it is unclear if a chip shortage will disrupt the schedule for that line.The iPad Pro is a much lower-end product compared to Apple’s conventional computing devices. Such as the $ 329 iPad or the $ 999 MacBook Air.
Nikkei said the availability of downstream iPhone components was “tight”, although production continued at normal levels.
Apple has the influence and money to generally get what it wants from its suppliers. However, if the chip shortage hits iPads and MacBooks, it should be a major alarm for smaller companies without Apple’s bargaining power.Most analysts expect the semiconductor shortage to persist for some time. Several months
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