According to sources in the industry, Apple is expecting a large volume of orders for its latest 12.9-inch iPad Pro and has subsequently asked its main chip supplier TSMC to increase the production of its M1 chip. The chip is also featured in the new iMacs Apple unveiled at its ‘Spring Loaded’ event.
The next-generation M1 iPad Pro models come with ultra-fast 5G connectivity, Liquid Retina XDR display, enhanced performance, and more. The advanced mini-LED display technology delivers improved contrast, higher brightness levels, and more to enhance the creative process.
TSMC increases chip production for Apple’s 12.9-inch iPad Pro due to high demand
TSMC’s plans could be derailed due to the ongoing chip shortage in the industry. According to DigiTimes, the Taiwanese-based chip manufacturer is expected to increase its monthly output to 140,000-150,000 wafers, up from 120,000. With this output, the Cupertino tech giant could end up shipping 5 million units of its M1 12.9-inch iPad Pro.
Apple did not put the new M1 iPad Pro up for sale immediately, pre-orders will begin on 30 April, and an official release is expected in May. The delay could be a result of the ongoing chip shortage. In similar news, a previous industry report suggested that Apple’s suppliers are facing difficulties in mini-LED production.
Last month, it was reported that Apple is planning on revealing its 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro lineup later this year, featuring the same Liquid Retina XDR display as the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, with a new MacBook Air lineup coming in 2022. In due time it will be revealed whether or not this will put more strain on Apple’s suppliers and manufacturing partners.
In order to combat the ongoing chip shortage, TSMC has acquired equipment and land and has begun construction for new facilities. In addition to that, the company has hired numerous employees and is expanding its capacity at multiple locations. However, the Taiwan-based manufacturer says that the chip shortage will take a couple of years to fix.