New Macs and iPads could be delayed due to chip shortage

Apple could suffer MacBook and iPad shortages in the coming months as the global chip shortage continues to wreak havoc in the technology world, putting a halt to new assemblies.

Although a previous report suggested that Apple could weather the storm better than other technology brands due to exclusivity deals and custom chips, it’s now thought that Apple is facing the same problems as other manufacturers and that future releases could be delayed.

Nikkei Asia reports that Apple has had to halt production on “unspecified” iPad and MacBook models due to a chip shortage.  As a result, the company has moved a portion of its component offers from the first half of the year to the second, and it’s also thought that the iPhone could suffer from shortages in the months ahead, with a “quite tight” assembly line.

Wedbush previously thought that Apple could outperform its rivals during the shortage as it can procure components in great volumes and store them, though this new announcement suggests that even the world’s biggest technology company is not immune to shortages.

Apple is widely rumored to overhaul its Mac range this year with a new M1 chip and design, and the iPad Pro and iPad are both expected to receive significant updates in 2021, too.

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