Apple must think that their new MacBook Pro is going to be big, because according to rumor-starter DigiTimes, there are labor shortages in China where they are beginning full scale production of Apple’s next-gen laptop. Some sources are saying that the manufacturers are having to outsource some of their parts in order to meet the “strong orders from Apple.” DigiTimes is also claiming that these new MacBooks are due “in the near future.” About the shortages they said:
Component manufacturing plants in eastern China have been suffering from labor shortages for a long time, and although May and June are the IT industry’s traditional slow season when shortage issues are usually not as significant, the strong orders from Apple’s new MacBook are leaving many upstream makers unable to satisfy demand.
What I’m curious to see is how this will effect other product lines. The new iPad has only recently become available to ship in “1-3 business days” as opposed to what was “1-2 weeks” from the time it launched until quite a while after. Also, Apple is expected to start the new iPhone’s production near the end of the summer or beginning of fall to prepare for a large scale release in late September or early October. If they are making as many MacBooks as the rumors makes them out to be, then we could see some shortages and delays coming to other products.
What do you think? Getting a new MacBook Pro? Are you hoping this doesn’t delay the new iPhone? Let us know in the comments.