Unsurprisingly, the global semiconductor chip shortage began due to disruptions caused by the pandemic. What is surprising though, is that it’s still ongoing – and it’s expected to continue into 2022. So, why is it happening? How does it impact Apple products and what can you do to adjust to ensure you get the Mac you want when you need it?
Read on to learn the answers.
What’s the problem?
Essential demand is massively outstripping supply, and as you may have guessed, COVID-19 has played a major part. As the pandemic hit, the need for computer equipment and mobile devices surged due to the number of people working remotely and requiring 5G and cloud-based services. Resultantly, so did the need for the chips.
As coronavirus moved across the world, major international container ports shut, leaving huge bottlenecks of goods and chips waiting to be distributed. A series of unfortunate events followed, delaying the manufacturing process further.
Japan’s Renesas plant was severely damaged by a fire, while winter storms in Texas forced some of America’s only chip plants to halt production. Droughts in Taiwan also reduced production, as lots of water is required when making the chips.
How does it impact Apple?
The global chip shortage has impacted everything from the PlayStation 5 to graphics cards. While Apple has fared better than their traditional PC counterparts, they’ve definitely been affected by this quarter’s worldwide chip shortage.
This shortage of specific components and production constraints has triggered ramifications for iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac availability, costing the business $6 billion. Apple said they expect the impact to be even more significant over the Christmas period.
New models such as the 14” and 16” MacBook Pro now have a 2–4 week lead in time for standard configurations, while Configured to Orders (CTOs) are looking at 5–6 weeks. Stock levels remain relatively positive for the M1 MacBook Airs and Pros, but the 24” iMac (which was a new model released this year) is heavily constrained.
Time to adjust
Just like the pandemic, the global chip shortage is going to be with us for a while. However, an ability to plan early, coupled with a willingness to be flexible, will allow you to get what you want.
All of us are used to next-day delivery and it’s one of the cornerstones of our offering. We loved it when customers would phone us on a Thursday, in a panic because they had a new employee starting on Monday and they hadn’t yet sourced their Mac. It made us feel great to get them through credit and have that Mac delivered on Friday.
Now, we recommend changing your psyche. Equipment should be the first consideration on the new-starter checklist, not the last. As soon as their start date is confirmed, get your order in. Typically an employee will have a four-week notice period at their old job. In the current climate, you may need all that time to secure the right specification of Mac ready for their arrival.
Planning ahead removes a significant amount of stress from the situation. The global chip shortage isn’t a problem if you are able to re-adjust your priorities.
How we can help
The sooner you let us know your requirements, the sooner we can act on them. One of our core values is a quick response, and we’ll always be honest about what we can do. Whilst we go the extra mile to get equipment out as fast as possible, if we’re unable to do something, we’ll tell you.
Here at Lease Loop, we make it a simple and fun process. We help SMEs because we don’t think the premium price of Mac devices should hold them back from their growth. So, we’ll ensure you can manage your cash flow, and reap the rewards of high-value technology, because we truly care about your success.
Don’t let cash flow, or a global chip shortage, stop you from achieving your dreams. Speak to our friendly team today.