Apr 8 (Reuters) – Production of some Apple Inc MacBooks and iPads has been postponed due to a global shortage of components, the Nikkei reported on Thursday.
Chip shortages have caused delays at a key stage in MacBook production, according to the report, which added that assembly of some iPads was postponed due to shortages of screens and display components.
As a result of the delay, Apple delayed a portion of component orders for the two devices from the first half of this year to the second half, according to the report, which cited sources familiar with the matter.
Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Reuters.
According to the report, Apple’s production plans for the iPhone have not been affected by the supply shortage, although the arrival of some components for the devices is “quite tight.”
Component shortages remain a supply chain issue for Apple, but it has not yet affected the availability of any products to consumers, Nikkei added.
Apple’s main supplier Foxconn also warned of chip shortages affecting customer supply chains, as businesses and consumers around the world bear the brunt of an unprecedented shortage of semiconductor microchips.
(Report by Akriti Sharma in Bengaluru; edited in Spanish by Carlos Serrano)