This is just a temporary precaution, but it does highlight the problems hardware manufacturers around the world are facing.
Apple has reportedly temporarily halted production of some MacBook and iPad models as the global semiconductor chip shortage persists.
The extreme situation in which hardware production is currently found shows that the global shortage of chips is now having a direct impact on Apple products. Numerous large technology companies are feeling the strain on one of the most important supply chains.
Apple is temporarily postponing production of the MacBook and iPad
Well-documented chip shortages have finally arrived direct at Apple, according to Nikkei Asia, forcing the company to temporarily stop manufacturing MacBook and iPad for certain models.
For MacBooks, the shortage affects the assembly of critical components on the circuit board prior to the final assembly process, while iPad assembly is affected in several places, including display components and a shortage of displays.
As a result, Apple will postpone production for the affected models to the second half of the year, although there is little evidence that the chip shortage has been resolved by then.
Although Apple refused to comment on the story, two sources reported that component supply for Apple's iPhones was also "pretty scarce", although it was not yet affected.
Given the nature of the problem, it's hard to predict how and when Apple's MacBook and iPad production will work properly, or whether iPhones will eventually be added.
Global chip scarcity affects the largest technology companies
It was only a matter of time before more large tech companies began to feel the strain on the semiconductor supply chain. The past year was marked by periodic chip shortages for certain products, which have deteriorated considerably in the last six months.
In short, the demand far exceeded production. The lead times for some products are now estimated to be 12 to 18 months. Existing products such as the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, Nvidia 30 series GPUs and AMD 6000 series GPUs are struggling to reach regular production numbers.
Additionally, Apple's largest chipmaker, Foxconn, made a powerful claim long ago that Apple would not be affected by global scarcity despite its unprecedented market troubles.
To do justice to Foxconn Chairman Liu Young-way, the actual quote was that the company's key customers would have "limited" control over the bottlenecks. In view of the fact that Apple has only cut production on certain MacBook and iPad models, this statement holds true so far.
Whether companies like Apple, Samsung, Microsoft, Sony, Nvidia and AMD can continue to weather the shortage is another matter.
Although there are significant bottlenecks, the prices of certain hardware parts have increased dramatically. Usually, however, it is not the OEMs who see most of this oversensitive market – it is the scalpers who actually manage to get their hands on the products in front of real consumers.
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