Global chip shortage hits Apple hard as it reduces iPad production in favor of the iPhone 13
Apple’s new iPad models are set to experience shipping delays thanks to the company cutting back production. According to a report from Nikkei Asia, Apple has allegedly reduced iPad production by 50% to ensure that it can meet iPhone 13’s strong demand. iPhones and iPads share many components including storage and RAM. By producing fewer iPads, Apple can use the leftover components for its iPhone 13 lineup. iPhones experience a surge in demand in the fall when Apple releases new models. To meet this demand, Apple has a history of redirecting iPad parts towards iPhones. For instance, in 2020, the company reduced iPad production in favor of the iPhone 12.
Apple is also cutting back the production of older iPhone models. So, if you are in the market for an older iPhone or a newer iPad you will experience increased wait times of up to six weeks. Apple’s website lists December 15, 2021 as the shipping date of iPads ordered in late October.
We previously reported that Apple has failed to meet quarterly revenue expectations due to the current global supply constraints. The move to redirect iPad components to aid the iPhone 13 production will help Cupertino’s quarterly figures as the company sells around 200 million iPhones each year.