iPad Shipments to Stay Stable in Second Quarter Despite Chip Shortages

Apple's iPad shipments are expected remain stable in the second quarter of this year, despite the impact of global chip shortages, according to a new report.

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The ongoing integrated chip shortage has been caused by supply chain issues that arose during the global health crisis and weather-related events like the freeze in Texas that shut down Austin chip plants.

As chip factories struggled to keep up with standard outputs during the pandemic, demand surged as people purchased devices for an at-home lifestyle, leading to higher prices. As a result, electronics companies bought up all available supply, leading chip makers to run at capacity.

So far, the shortage has only had minor impacts on the tablet market, which continues to follow its seasonal pattern. Global tablet shipments totaled 35.95 million units in the first quarter of 2021, down 22.7% sequentially, but 45.5% on year, according to DigiTimes.

However, the release of new iPad Pro models will help Apple buck declining trends in the global market, according to the report, with most non-Apple brands expected to witness sequential declines in second-quarter shipments.

The sequential shipment decline in the first quarter was due to slow-season effect and volumes in the second quarter are expected to continue suffering from seasonality, witnessing a sequential drop of 6.6%, Digitimes Research's figures show.

Unbranded or "white-box" tablet vendors are said to have been seriously hit by the shortages and have watched their market shares being taken over by inexpensive models by brand vendors. DigiTimes reports that white-box tablets could be at risk of disappearing from the market altogether in 2022.

Despite Apple's ability to remain unscathed by the chip shortage in Q2, Bloomberg reports that its 12.9-inch ‌iPad Pro‌ may be in short supply when it launches on May 21 due to production issues of the mini-LED display being used in the device.

Overall, Apple will seen an impact from the chip shortages and says it expects to see a sequential decline of approximately $3 to $4 billion revenue in the third-quarter of 2021 due to ‌‌iPad‌‌ and Mac supply constraints. Apple says a combination of the shortages and a very high level of demand for both ‌‌iPad‌‌ and Mac is expected to impact revenue in the second half of 2021.

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Top Rated Comments

Vol Braakzakje Avatar
17 months ago
I just want my new iPad Pro to be delivered yesterday instead of 21st of May..
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
James Godfrey Avatar
17 months ago
What I would like to know is exactly what ‘issues’ they have had with the miniLED displays… I am hoping it is just shortage of chips etc… rather than technical issues which could materialise to the end user.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Serban55 Avatar
17 months ago
Since Apple reserved almost full chip manufacture at TSMC ...the rest of the market has big issues, not Apple
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
apolkowski Avatar
17 months ago
Delivery of my 11" iPad Pro just slipped from May 21-28 to June 4-11. Ordered on April 30th.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Artsketch Avatar
17 months ago

exactly what ‘issues’ they have had with the miniLED displays
Color matching, sorting out and calibrating 10.000 Mini LED perhaps?
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
arvinsim Avatar
17 months ago
As long as there are no Macbook shortages!
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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