According to a new report, Apple’s supply chain is finally recovering from shortages as the tech giant gears up for a bunch of new product launches in 2022 including its next-gen iPhone 14 lineup, Apple Watch 8, and more.
Apple supply chain to sustain strong shipments through Chinese New Year holiday in early Feb
In a paywalled report, DigiTimes claims that partners in Apple’s supply chain are expected to “remain in high gear” through February 2022 as demand for the latest iPhone 13 lineup, iPad, and MacBook Pro model remains strong.
In November last year, it was reported that Apple reduced iPad production by 50% than planned shipments in the September-October period in order to utilize more components for the production of iPhone 13. In addition, the parts for older iPhone models were also allocated to the production of iPhone 13. Prior to that, Bloomberg also reported that the Cupertino tech giant might cut iPhone 13 production by 10 million due to component shortages faced by supply chain partners. But that report was immediately refuted by suppliers claiming that there had been no cutbacks in iPhone 13 orders at the time.
Apple’s suppliers started to overcome component shortages between November and December allowing normal shipments to resume through to the start of this year. Sources told DigiTimes that Apple’s supply constraints will fully recover in the first half of 2022.
Apple has not started volume shipments of the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro, sixth-generation iPad mini, and ninth-generation iPad. As of now, there are no plans from Apple to decrease its component orders for new devices this year.
The report also corroborated Apple’s plans to release the third-generation iPhone SE in the first half of this year. According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, Apple is expected to announce the device at its first special event of 2022, a virtual affair to be held in March or April.
Other product releases this year includes iPhone 14, three new Apple Watches, its first AR/VR headset, AirPods Pro 2, and more. The tech giant is also expected to release 5 new Macs since its roadmap for the Apple Silicon transition ends in November 2022.