Apple says supply chain issues could impact iPhone and iPad this year

Alongside Apple’s announcement of a bumper quarter, recording an eye-watering $81.43 billion in revenue, the company also cautioned investors and shareholders that supply chain issues could impact iPhones and iPads.

During the firm’s earnings call, Apple CEO Tim Cook and CFO Luca Maestri revealed that constraints within the supply chain could have a serious impact on the Cupertino company in the fourth quarter of the year and that the iPhone and iPad were most likely to be hit.

Luca Maestri said: “We expect supply constraints during the September quarter to be greater than what we experienced during the June quarter. The constraints will primarily impact iPhone and iPad.”

The company revealed, however, that despite constraints, the firm still expects to achieve “very strong double-digit growth” in the next quarter. A reminder that the fourth fiscal quarter will cover the months of July, August, and September, months when Apple is expected to announce the new iPhone 13, new MacBook Pro models, new Apple Watches, and perhaps new iPads and AirPods, with “surprise” announcements also possible.

This is not the first time the company has issued a warning in regards to supply chain issues. Earlier in the year, the company said constraints could cost more than $3 billion in revenue, but it’s worth noting that Apple is not alone in its constraints, with the entire technology and manufacturing sectors struggling amidst rising demand.

Tim Cook revealed that, although component costs are beginning to fall, the company is still paying more than it would like for freight. He added that Apple was taking the issues “one quarter at a time” and would do everything it could to mitigate the situation.

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