What you need to know
- Apple suppliers are battling power supply issues in China.
- A new report says suppliers are scrambling to keep production on track.
- The report says shipments could definitely be delayed if the situation continues.
A new report says that suppliers of devices like Apple's iPhone 13 are scrambling to keep production on track as power shortages his China.
From Nikkei Asia:
One source reportedly said power outages had been sporadic since June but had become regular since September, with suppliers receiving notice each week of days where there will be no power. With Apple suppliers having previously warned of product supply disruption, the new report warns of growing concern of longer-term issues:
Another executive said the situation could last through the end of the year "or even longer", and that suppliers were considering their options overseas in places like Vietnam or Indonesia. An Apple supplier executive described the situation as "chaotic and confusing":
Another Apple supplier said that local governments were prioritizing suppliers based on the value of the goods they were making. Apple has reportedly asked suppliers for 90-95 million units of its new best iPhone, and is also experiencing supply issues with the Apple Watch Series 7, which goes on sale for pre-order today.
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