Production of some of Apple’s MacBook and iPad has been delayed due to a global shortage of components, the Nikkei said on Thursday. The shortage of chips has caused delays in a key step in the production of the MacBook, the report said, adding that some assemblies of the iPad have been delayed due to a shortage of displays and display components.
As a result of the delay, Apple has shifted part of the component orders for the two devices from the first half of this year to the second half, report said, citing sources familiar with the matter. Apple did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.
According to the report, Apple ‘s production plans for iPhone the models are not affected by the shortage of supplies, but the supply of some components for the devices is “quite narrow”. The shortage of components remains a problem in the supply chain for Apple, but has not yet affected the availability of products for consumers, Nikkei added.
The main supplier of Apple Foxconn he had also warned of chip shortages affecting supply chains, with businesses and consumers around the world facing the burden of an unprecedented shortage of semiconductor microchips. The Taiwanese company, the largest contract electronics maker, reported a net profit from October-December of 45.97 billion TWD (approximately 11,850 kroner), down 4% from a year earlier, and compared to with 50.89 billion TWD (approximately 13 120 RV) crore) an average of 11 analyst estimates compiled by Refinitiv.
Chief Financial Officer David Huang said the company’s gross margin was affected by COVID-19 pandemic, but strong smartphone sales still contributed stronger than expected performance in the fourth quarter, although he did not give more details.
Officially called Hon Hai Precision Industry, Foxconn’s Revenues in the fourth quarter rose 15% year-over-year.
This is mainly due to more than a 15 percent increase in revenue for the year from consumer electronics, including smartphones, which accounted for 63 percent of its business in the quarter, Foxconn said.
Earlier, the company predicted that revenues for the fourth quarter would be in the range of a decline of 3% and a profit of 3% compared to a year earlier.
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