Apple has decreased iPad output in half to prioritize more components to the iPhone 13, according to a report from Nikkei.
According to sources briefed on the situation, iPad manufacturing was down 50% from Apple’s initial projections in the previous two months. iPhone 13 production has reportedly included components that were intended for older iPhone models before.
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The publication doesn’t offer specifics on which models were affected, but the new iPad mini, which uses the same CPU – the A15 Bionic – as all of the iPhone 13 models, comes to mind.
According to Nikkei, Apple is putting a premium on the iPhone because it expects greater demand for smartphones than tablets, especially if the Covid-19 epidemic eases over time. However, demand for the iPad has also recently been strong, with 40.3 million units shipped in 2017 as of September.
For consumers, this might mean longer wait times for the iPad. You’ll have to wait 4-5 weeks for an iPad mini with 64GB or 256GB of storage memory if you order one right now. The basic iPad model, which was updated in October, will take approximately the same amount of time to arrive as well. The shipping time for the iPad Air, which has not been updated since September 2020, is 2-3 weeks.
Customers have been informed about possible shortages. In April, CEO Tim Cook stated that iPads and Macs may be in short supply throughout the second half of 2017.