Save for the iPhone, the rest of Apple’s products are typically pretty easy to get. Granted there are instances like the holiday season that sees Apple run out of inventory, but for the most part and throughout the year, getting your hands on products like the iPad have never really been that difficult.
However that could change in 2017. A report from DigiTimes has suggested that Apple’s chip making partner TSMC has run into production issues and that the yield rates are not what the company has expected. It is because of these low yield rates that it has been speculated that 2017’s iPads could see some production shortages.
DigiTimes’ report reads, “TSMC has reportedly obtained 10nm chip orders from Apple, HiSilicon and MediaTek, with volume production set to kick off in the first quarter of 2017. Nevertheless, yield rates for TSMC’s 10nm process technology are not what the foundry expected, the sources said.”
This could mean that come 2017, Apple’s new iPads might be launched with some supply shortages which means that it could be hard to get your hands on them at the start. It is possible that maybe TSMC could get up to speed by then, but for now this is the situation that we are hearing.
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