Apple was forced to halt iPhone and iPad production for several days when it was supposed to start running at full speed, according to a report from Nikkei Asia.
It’s no secret that Apple has not been immune to global supply chain shortages despite its massive purchasing power.
Apple previously lowered its iPhone 13 production targets for this year and had to cut back on iPad production to dedicate more parts to its flagship mobile devices, as it had to halt operations at its factories during Golden Week in China.
Tech giants usually ramp up production during the Chinese holidays at the beginning of October, and operate 24 hours a day so they can keep up with the demands of holiday shopping.
As a result, people who are thinking about getting a new iPad or a new iPhone as a Christmas gift for loved ones or themselves may not get it in time for this season.
Nikkei Asia says the COVID-19 lockdowns implemented in Malaysia and Vietnam due to the delta variant have significantly impacted the production of many electrical components and chips.
Apple CEO Tim Cook previously said the company lost $6 billion for the quarter ending in September due to supply chain constraints, and that he believed it could lose more in the fourth quarter.
Earlier, Apple told suppliers that demand is continuing for the iPhone 13 and is re-accelerating production of its components for November, December and January.