Apple MacBook shipments delayed as China lockdowns slow production

Apple Inc buyers are facing longer wait times for the company’s flagship MacBook Pro laptops, a sign that Covid-19 lockdowns in China could be contributing to the delays.

US consumers trying to order Apple’s latest high-end models are now seeing delivery estimates pushed back to June. And the date range for the low-end 14-inch MacBook Pro configuration was as late as May 26 from Wednesday. These wait times represent a jump from the past few days, before supply chain issues escalated again.

The delays underscore Apple’s struggles to keep its supply chain running smoothly during the Covid era – especially as China pursues a zero-tolerance policy for outbreaks. More than 30 Taiwanese companies, including laptop maker Apple Quanta Computer Inc., have halted production in China due to the lockdowns. In the case of Quanta, the company closed a factory in Shanghai to comply with government restrictions.

Apple, based in Cupertino, Calif., did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Apple’s highest-end MacBook Pro configuration – a $3,499 version with additional graphics cores and memory – is seeing shipping estimates through June 16 in the US. Most other Apple Macs, including the MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro, iMac, and Mac mini, are not currently affected. These models either ship with same day delivery or promise to arrive within a few days.

Delivery estimates for the Mac Pro, which often takes longer to ship due to its custom features, are in May. And the high-end configuration of the new Mac Studio desktop computer won’t arrive until the second half of June. However, this machine was only recently announced and may see strong initial demand.

On Tuesday, Apple vendor Pegatron Corp. suspended work at its iPhone assembly campuses in Shanghai and Kunshan, but iPhone shipments don’t appear to be immediately delayed. Apple will announce its second-quarter results on April 28, potentially giving investors a window into its supply issues.

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