Apple Products Could See ‘Noticeable’ Price Rises Amid Increased Chip Costs

Apple will need to pay more for the chips in its devices and may pass rising costs on to its customers, according to sources speaking to Nikkei Asia. TSMC, Apple’s main chip supplier, is in the process of increasing its prices following wider inflation in the industry caused by the global chip supply shortage. The […]

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Gurman: ‘No Chance’ Apple Watch Series 7 Will Include Blood Pressure Sensor

On Tuesday, Nikkei Asia published a report claiming the upcoming Apple Watch Series 7 will feature blood pressure measurement capabilities, and that this is one of the reasons why production of the device has hit snags as manufacturers adjust to the more complex design. Later the same day, Bloomberg cited its own sources corroborating Nikkei‘s […]

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Apple Watch Series 7 Production Reportedly Delayed Due to Quality Issues [Updated]

Production of the upcoming Apple Watch Series 7 has been delayed due to the upcoming watch featuring a “complicated design,” according to a report by Nikkei Asia. According to the report, Apple suppliers began small-scale production of the watch last week, and during which, employees “encountered critical challenges in reaching satisfactory production performance.” Manufacturers of […]

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Apple Supplier Foxconn to Begin Building Electric Vehicle Factory in the U.S. Next Year

Foxconn, one of Apple’s largest suppliers, has said it will begin construction of all-electric vehicle plants in the United States and Thailand this year, with hopes of them being operational by 2023, according to a report from Nikkei Asia. From the report: Foxconn, the world’s largest contract electronics producer, on Thursday said it will build […]

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Apple Brings China’s Luxshare Precision into iPhone 13 Supply Chain to Meet Production Targets

Apple is tapping more Chinese suppliers as it seeks to meet ambitious targets for iPhone 13 production, according to a new report by Nikkei Asia. Apple is set to produce between 90 million and 95 million iPhones through January, according to a previous Nikkei report, and China’s Luxshare Precision Industry has won 3% of orders […]

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iPhone 13 and Redesigned MacBook Pro Chip Production Hit With Gas Contamination

The most important TSMC factory that manufactures Apple’s chips destined for next-generation iPhone and Mac models has been hit by a gas contamination, according to Nikkei Asia. The factory, known as “Fab 18,” is TSMC’s most advanced chipmaking facility. TSMC is Apple’s sole chip supplier, making all of the processors used in every Apple device […]

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AirPods 3 Mass Production Said to Kick Off in August

Mass production of the third-generation AirPods will kick off in August, according to a new report from Nikkei Asia. They will reportedly join a number of other products such as the iPhone 13 lineup and redesigned MacBook Pro models as launches coming before the end of the year. Renderings of rumored third-generation ‌AirPods‌ design Rumored […]

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Apple Reportedly Lowering AirPods Production Due to Decreasing Sales

Apple is cutting production of its ultra-popular AirPods by around 25% to 40% due to a decrease in sales as a result of increased competition in the wireless earphone industry, according to a new report from Nikkei Asia. According to the report, citing sources familiar with Apple’s production plans, the tech giant now plans to […]

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Report: Apple’s ‘M2’ Next-Gen Mac Chip Enters Mass Production

Apple’s custom next-generation Mac processor entered mass production this month, claims a new report today from Nikkei Asia. Tentatively dubbed the “M2” after Apple’s M1 chip, the processors take at least three months to produce and could begin shipping as early as July in time for incorporation in Apple’s next line of MacBooks, according to […]

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iPad and MacBook Production Reportedly Delayed Due to Global Chip Shortage

Apple is facing a global shortage of certain components for some of its MacBook Pro and iPad models, causing the Cupertino tech giant and its suppliers to postpone production of the products, according to a new report from Nikkei Asia. According to the report, MacBook Pro production is being hindered due to the shortage of […]

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Two New Apple Silicon MacBooks Expected to Enter Mass Production in Second Half of 2021

Apple is planning redesigned 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models powered by Apple silicon for release in the second half of 2021, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, and a Nikkei Asia report today lends credence to that timeframe. In a report focused on Apple slashing iPhone 12 orders from suppliers, the publication briefly noted that […]

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Nikkei: iPhone 12 Mass Production Starting Later This Month, AirTags Production Already in Full Swing

Apple will begin mass producing the iPhone 12 on a limited scale later this month and on into early October, according to a report today from Nikkei Asian Review. Of the four 5G devices Apple is expected to launch this year, production will reportedly begin with the more affordable 6.1-inch OLED model with dual-lens camera, […]

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LG Display to Supply 20 Million OLED Panels for 6.1-inch ‘iPhone 12’

Apple is expected to launch an all-OLED iPhone lineup this year, and while Samsung is understood to be providing the majority of the OLED panels, LG Display is reportedly poised to benefit the most from the extra demand, with Samsung’s order volume rising only slightly on previous years. Of the four new models coming this […]

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Nikkei: ‘iPhone 12’ Final Assembly Could Be Delayed to Early October

Apple’s “iPhone 12” lineup is facing mass production delays of between four weeks and two months because of postponements caused by factory lockdowns and workplace absences during the global health crisis, according to a new report from Nikkei Asian Review. “What the progress looks like now is months of delay in terms of mass production, […]

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iPad Stocks in China Dwindle as Kids Switch to E-Learning Amid Coronavirus-Related School Closures

iPad stocks are reportedly running low in China because parents are buying them to help with e-learning at home in response to school closures relating to the coronavirus outbreak. Nikkei Asian Review today reports that labor shortages have also seen suppliers struggle to meet production demands, amid government-imposed restrictions in an attempt to curb the […]

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Coronavirus Outbreak to Continue Impacting Apple’s iPhone Production Into April

Ongoing delays from the coronavirus outbreak in China will likely cause Apple to miss its schedule for mass producing the low-cost iPhone, and inventories of existing models could remain low until April or longer, according to new information shared today by Japanese site Nikkei.‌iPhone‌ suppliers, on average, are said to be operating at 30 to […]

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