MacBook Pro Assemblers in China Unlikely to Return to Pre-Lockdown Production Levels Before July

Apple's MacBook Pro assemblers in China are unlikely to return to pre-lockdown production levels until July because of insufficient manpower and logistical problems, based on the latest industry report.

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Notebook manufacturers in major cities in eastern China have been resuming operations following the recent gradual easing of lockdowns, but those in Shanghai are currently only operating at 10-20% capacity, according to supply chain sources cited by DigiTimes.

Shanghai is the base of operations for Quanta Computers, Apple's sole supplier of high-end MacBook Pros, which have seen delivery times increase by three to five weeks since the China lockdowns. Some MacBook Pro configurations currently are not available for delivery until late June running into early July.

According to the report, Shanghai plants are still feeling the brunt of restrictions since only assembly workers and those who live in dormitories are allowed to return to work.

Meanwhile, many products are said to be trapped on container ships waiting to enter ports, and until these products are received by retail and shipped to customers, large-scale pull-ins at production facilities are on hold. The slow restoration of operations has also reportedly resulted in component pull-in strength being far below expectations.

We have heard from several MacRumors readers who were waiting on MacBook Pro models ordered in March and April and who have now had their shipments significantly delayed because of Apple's supply issues, which are expected to impact Apple's product sales in the third quarter of 2022.

For example, MacRumors reader Gary ordered a MacBook Pro on April 6 and was initially given a delivery date between May 18-25. This morning he says he was notified by Apple of a a new delivery date between July 7-21, which amounts to more a three-month delay in shipping.

Apple has already admitted that lockdown disruptions in China and silicon shortages will continue to make it difficult to make enough product to satisfy strong consumer demand, and this will ultimately affect Apple's June quarter revenue.

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Top Rated Comments

Spock Avatar
2 weeks ago
To be fair, this is what happens when almost all of your manufacturers are in one country... I guess the money they are saving in slave labor isn’t working out at the moment.
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
everlast3434 Avatar
2 weeks ago
LOL they're still in lockdown? LOL
Apple really needs to move their production somewhere else, like the USA! I'd gladly pay more to support the local economy.
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
tridley68 Avatar
2 weeks ago
I would be willing to pay more if they were manufactured in the USA and then we could become less reliant on China
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
contacos Avatar
2 weeks ago
At this point they should maybe pause taking additional online orders until the previous orders have even been fulfilled. People just gonna get mad having their delivery date continuously moved further away
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Steve121178 Avatar
2 weeks ago
It's more serious than you think.

This is why your orders are delayed, the workers are rioting or trying to escape:



https://www.patentlyapple.com/2022/05/workers-at-the-macbook-maker-quanta-plant-clashed-with-plant-guards-obeying-covid-19-restrictions.html



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Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TheYayAreaLiving ? Avatar
2 weeks ago

Canceled my order. Might as well wait for a new MBP refresh at this point.
You might be waiting until end of 2023 for the new MacBook Pro to drop.

Have you had any luck at the Apple stores?
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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