In the first half of this year, Apple was experiencing difficulties due to the shortage of components to manufacture new devices. “Companies face supply chain problems,” he was quoted as saying The Verge on Thursday (8/4).
Report from Nikkei Asian Review said that due to the scarcity of chip components, Apple will only begin production of iPad and MacBook.
On the MacBook, Apple had a hard time meeting the installation of certain components on the circuit board prior to assembling the device. On the iPad, Apple struggled to apply components to displays.
Based on the Nikkei report, it is not known which series or brand of iPad and MacBook production will be postponed.
It’s just that, this year Apple is expected to widely launch a new version of the iPad Pro. Apple will also continue the transition to implement its own processors across the MacBook line.
In fact, last year Apple posted a record revenue due to large sales of the device. Recorded, Apple’s quarterly income reached US $ 111.44 billion at the end of last year. This is the first time in history.
The company’s profit also rose from US $ 22.2 billion to US $ 28.6 billion. Income from the iPhone business is a record US $ 65 billion. “The previous highest level was reached in the first quarter of 2018 amounting to US $ 61.58 billion,” as quoted from The Verge, early January (28/1).
Apple’s performance last year was supported by sales of its devices. Based on Canalys data, the number of shipments of Apple phones surpassed Samsung in the fourth quarter of 2020.
Apple gadget shipments increased 4% on an annual basis (year on year / yoy) to 81.8 million. Meanwhile, Samsung shipped 62 million units, down 12% yoy.
This sale was the impact of the Chinese market’s contribution. IPhone sales in Panda Country rose 57% to US $ 21.31 billion. “We have two of the three top selling smartphones in urban China,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook.
Meanwhile, global iPad sales also rose 41%, and Macs by 21%. The team said that a total of 1.65 billion Apple devices were installed per year. Especially for the iPhone, its user base is more than 1 billion.
Chip scarcity has occurred since the beginning of this year. Not only hitting the production of gadgets, but also affecting the production of cars.
Earlier this year, US automakers struggled to find chips. This is because President Donald Trump has put several semiconductor companies from China on the trade and security blacklist.
Initially, car manufacturers supplied chips from Chinese and Taiwanese companies. However, Trump limited the supply of raw materials to the semiconductor giant from China, Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC).
Production of SMIC chips is also limited. As a result, car manufacturers in the US and a number of countries have switched to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC). But now, the company is overwhelmed by the demand for chips, so that semiconductors are experiencing shortages.
The US Automotive Policy Council asked Trump to find a solution to the shortage of chips. “The impact of the shortage of chips will reduce our production and have a negative impact on the US economy,” said US Automotive Policy Board President Matt Blunt. Bloomberg, Last January (19/1).
Several car manufacturers such as Ford, Toyota, Volkswagen, Nissan, Fiat, and Audy have even reduced car production due to a shortage of chips. Ford, for example, has ordered a month-long stop of production at a factory in Germany.
German car manufacturer Audy also cut production by 10 thousand units in the first quarter of this year. Audi was also forced to put 10 thousand employees on leave status.
Toyota is feeling the impact of the shortage of chips. “The global shortage of chips mainly affects the production of the Tundra car, which is produced at the US Texas plant,” said a Toyota spokesman. Fox Business, Last January (15/1).