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Apple's supply chain is finally recovering from shortages as it prepares for a slate of new product launches in 2022, DigiTimes reports.

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In a paywalled report, DigiTimes claims that Apple's supply chain partners are expected to "remain in high gear" through February 2022 as demand for the latest iPhone, iPad, and MacBook Pro models remain strong. Apple faced severe component shortages and logistical difficulties late last year, hindering its ability to meet demand for the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro. Component shortages for the iPhone 13 models were said to be so severe in the fall that Apple reallocated iPad components to be used in the iPhone.

Apple's suppliers reportedly started to overcome these shortages between November and December, enabling a gradual resumption of normal shipments through to the start of 2022. Sources speaking to DigiTimes claim that Apple's supply-side constraints will totally recover in the first-half of 2022.

With this increased confidence, Apple has now started volume shipments of the 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro, sixth-generation iPad mini, and ninth-generation iPad. There are reportedly no signs of Apple planning to decrease its 2022 component orders for new devices, indicating that the company is optimistic about sustained production momentum moving through the year.

The report also reaffirmed Apple's plans to release the third-generation iPhone SE in the first half of this year, which is believed to assist suppliers in sustaining shipment momentum through to other product launches. In particular, the iPhone assemblers Foxconn and Pegatron, as well as Apple's PCB suppliers, are all moving to replenish their workforces to fulfill Apple's 2022 orders.

The company is expected to announce five new Macs, three new Apple Watches, its first mixed-reality headset, and more this year. For a detailed overview of everything Apple is anticipated to announce in 2022, see our What to Expect guide or listen to The MacRumors Show podcast.

Article Link: Apple Building Momentum for 2022 Releases as Supply Chain Recovers
 

TheYayAreaLiving 🎗

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Sounds like things are going back to normal. Hopefully, it doesn't get worse for Apple. Secure the bag.

 

TheYayAreaLiving 🎗

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Apple is quite good at a lot of things, but where they really impress me is their supply chain logistics.
I agree! It’s Tim Cook’s. The supply chain genius who is behind all this. One thing I will say is he does have a good relationship with other countries such as China and India.
 

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Apple is quite good at a lot of things, but where they really impress me is their supply chain logistics.
This is probably the greatest unknown contribution of Tim Cook's leadership. He is a master in supply chain logistics, and the good position of Apple in the chip shortage of the past two years is a great example of that
 

jz0309

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a paywalled Digitimes report ...
we do know that PC demand is going down, everyone bought new laptops during the pandemic, so that part of the supply chain is cooling down, which in turn means for semiconductors - there is more capacity for other industries, eg automotive and of course consumer electronics (not computers).
Apple has been pretty good managing their supply chain during the pandemic, so yea, I expect it will get better ...
 

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I expect:
March/April: new 27 iMac with M1pro/max and hopefully an option for a M1max Duo, a M1pro Mac Mini, 24 inch and 27 inch displays and the iPhone SE
June: new Apple Silicon MacPro with M1max quad, new 32 inch Pro Display XDR and the announcement, but not release, of the AR/VR headset. I expect that to be released in December.
September: iPhone 14, Apple Watch series 8, iPad 10th gen and iPad Air5
October: M2 MacBook Air, M2 24 inch iMac, M2 low end Mac mini, M2 iPad Pro, AirPods Pro 2
 
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BootsWalking

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With interest rates rising I suspect the supply issues will sort themselves out as demand normalizes.
 

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Here are some of my recent retail experiences...

I have been trying for months to get the new 9th gen iPad, for birthday and then Christmas. Right after Christmas day, it was not available by online order until middle of February.

So instead I was checking daily on the website for stock at the local Apple Store. Finally got lucky and was able to snag one in time for my family Christmas (a few days after).

Apple Watch Series 7 in Midnight and Starlight are also very hard to get. Ended up getting a Green one, and it looks almost black which is fine with me.

Colored iHome Minis are also extremely hard to find.
 

mcfrazieriv

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I know it's been mentioned before that the first focus for those "glasses" are developer and "professionals"... but you've got to be kidding me as far as the mock ups. No way in heck someone will walk around wearing swim goggles outside of the home or office. In order for that product to go from developer focused to mainstream it needs to look so much different.
 

metapunk2077fail

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I read in the news today there's a 2 month wait for MBPs still??? At least the Polishing Cloth is back in stock lol
 

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I know it's been mentioned before that the first focus for those "glasses" are developer and "professionals"... but you've got to be kidding me as far as the mock ups. No way in heck someone will walk around wearing swim goggles outside of the home or office. In order for that product to go from developer focused to mainstream it needs to look so much different.
The concepts on the front picture are Apple’s AR Goggles. They were planning on releasing Apple Glasses (more like prescription glasses) later on.
 

anthogag

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TCL showed glasses at CES 2022; the wearer can see a giant 140"(?) screen a few metres away. I would think Apple's AR/VR goggles will let the wearer use the goggles as a giant screen to view videos or use it as a giant computer screen for an iPhone connected via BlueTooth to a keyboard and mouse..or maybe the wearer can see a virtual keyboard below the virtual screen and type on it and use a finger as a mouse pointer...

This year I would like to see Apple state "yes we are working on an EV vehicle".
 
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sideshowuniqueuser

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I agree! It’s Tim Cook’s. The supply chain genius who is behind all this. One thing I will say is he does have a good relationship with other countries such as China and India.
Damn, just saw your signature. And here I was thinking it was The Yay Are A Living, which would much more suit your personality, sigh.
 

sideshowuniqueuser

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a paywalled Digitimes report ...
we do know that PC demand is going down, everyone bought new laptops during the pandemic, so that part of the supply chain is cooling down, which in turn means for semiconductors - there is more capacity for other industries, eg automotive and of course consumer electronics (not computers).
Apple has been pretty good managing their supply chain during the pandemic, so yea, I expect it will get better ...
Great news, as it means prices might come down, especially for SSD and RAM.
 
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