Production of some Apple Inc. MacBooks and iPads 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 the iPhone are not affected by the lack of supply, however, the supply of some components of the device is “quite tight.” The lack of components remains a supply chain problem for Apple, but it has not affected the availability of products for consumers, Nikkei added.
Apple’s main vendor Foxconn has also warned of a chip shortage affecting customer supply chains, and businesses and consumers around the world are facing the head of a shortage of unprecedented semiconductor microchips.