Production of some MacBooks and iPads has been postponed due to
the global component shortage, Nikkei Asia has learned, in a sign
that even Apple, with its massive procurement power, is not immune
from the unprecedented supply crunch.
Chip shortages have caused delays in a key step in MacBook
production — the mounting of components on printed circuit boards
before final assembly — sources briefed on the matter told Nikkei
Asia. Some iPad assembly, meanwhile, was postponed because of a
shortage of displays and display components, sources said.
As a result of the delay, Apple has pushed back a portion of
component orders for the two devices from the first half of this
year to the second half, the people said. Industry sources and
experts say the delays are a sign that the chip shortage is
growing more serious and could impact smaller tech players even