So far, the availability of devices for consumers has not been affected by the problems.
The shortage of chips has led to delays at a key stage in the production of some MacBooks, sources familiar with the matter told Nikkei Asia. The assembly of the iPad part was postponed due to a lack of displays, they say.
Industry sources and experts say Apple’s delays are one sign of a major global chip shortage problem that could affect smaller companies. According to sources, due to the problems, Apple will order components for its devices only in the second half of the year, although it planned to do so in the first half.
So far, the shortage has not affected the production of the iPhone, although two sources of the publication say that the supply of some components is “quite limited”. However, the Nikkei notes that the lack of spare parts has not yet affected the availability of devices for consumers. Apple declined to comment on the information.
The Covid-19 pandemic has caused a shortage of chips, Bloomberg wrote in January. Samsung has already warned about the possible postponement of the release of the Galaxy Note for a year due to problems with the supply of chips.
In early April, Taiwan’s TSMC, whose products are used by Apple, AMD, Qualcomm and Nvidia, announced that due to a shortage of chips, it will spend $100 billion over three years to expand chip production.
In March, Intel announced it would invest $20 billion in new factories and start making chips for other companies.