Although Apple has tried by all possible means to avoid the chip shortage that we are all suffering in the industry, it seems like that the company might not be able to overcome those problems in the third quarter of 2021. As Tim Cook himself has explained, Apple will suffer a shortage that will affect the iPad and Mac manufacturing.
In the third quarter of 2021 supply shortages will also impact Apple
Tim Cook has implied it in the announcement of its financial results. The CEO explained that while it is true that they have managed to maintain a good level of supply in the second quarter of the year, this will change from the third quarter.
Specifically, there will be a number of shortage issues in the supply chains that Macs and iPads will suffer from. “We expect to be supply-gated, not demand-gated,” said Cook.
Tim Cook explained the situation in detail
Tim Cook has talked about Apple’s ability to keep up with good supply levels in recent months. He explains that while component shortages have been absolutely problematic for the industry, Apple has managed to save itself to some extent by setting aside a certain amount of vital components in its warehouses.
Unfortunately, because there are so many players and companies involved in this problem, Apple is not able to specify how hard the impact will hit these lines. The problem does not lie in components such as processors, as Apple has managed to secure the necessary production of 5 nm chips.
Nikkei Asia warned a month ago that the iPad assembly line was being slowed down by supply problems with the display. Something similar is happening with the MacBook, but this time, the problem would be in other components such as circuitry.