Production of some of Apple’s MacBook and iPad models has been delayed due to a global shortage of components, Nikkei reported on Thursday. The chip shortage has caused delays in a key step in MacBook production, the report said, adding that some iPad sets were delayed due to a lack of screens and display components.
As a result of the delay, Apple has shifted some component orders for the two devices from the first half of this year to the second half, the report said, citing sources familiar with the issue. Apple did not immediately respond to Reuters’ request for comment.
According to the report, Apple’s production plans for iPhone models are not affected by the lack of supply, however, the supply of some components of the device is “quite tight.” Component shortages remain a supply chain problem for Apple, but have not yet affected product availability for consumers, Nikkei added.
Apple’s main supplier Foxconn has also warned of a chip shortage affecting customer supply chains, and businesses and consumers around the world are facing an unprecedented shortage head in semiconductor microchips. The Taiwanese firm, the world’s largest electronics maker, recorded a net profit of 45.97 billion TWD (approximately 11,850 crore) from October to December, down 4 percent from a year earlier, compared to 50.89 billion TWD (approximately 13,120). RS) crore) an average of 11 analyst estimates compiled by Refinitive.
Chief Financial Officer David Huang said the company’s gross margin was hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, but strong smartphone sales still contributed to stronger-than-expected fourth-quarter results, though he did not specify.
Formally named Hon Hai Precision Industry, Foxconn’s fourth-quarter revenue grew 15 percent year-over-year.
That was largely driven by an increase in revenue of more than 15 percent a year from consumer electronics, including smartphones, which accounted for 63 percent of its business in the quarter, Foxconn said.
The company previously forecast that fourth-quarter revenue would fall 3 percent and gain 3 percent from a year earlier.
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