TAIPEI – Apple is asking vendors to make 2.5 million MacBook laptops equipped with their own designed CPUs in February when the California tech giant wants to quickly cut its dependence on chips. Intel, sources told Nikkei Asia.
Initial production orders for these first Apple Silicon central-processor MacBooks are equivalent to nearly 20% of all MacBook shipments for 2019, reaching 12.6 million units, sources news said.
Apple also heavily ordered older iPhone models before the holiday season to make up for a shortage of its 5G product line, which has faced a month-long production delay due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The US technology giant is expected to introduce other MacBook models using its CPU in the second quarter of next year, further replacing Intel̵7;s processors, the sources added. Apple said it intends to completely cut the use of Intel’s standard CPUs, which rivals HP, Dell, Lenovo and Asustek also use for their computers, in its MacBook lineup. two years.
The Cupertino-based tech giant is scheduled to hold an online launch event for the Apple Silicon MacBook next Tuesday, the same week it will finally start shipping iPhone 12 Mini and iPhone The 12 Pro Max 5G is delayed – a month after these models were announced on October 13. The remaining two models, the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro, begin shipping on October 23.
As of Wednesday, the wait time for a 128 GB graphite iPhone 12 Pro model in the US market is 20 days if ordered online, while the wait time for a similar model in the Chinese market is two to. three weeks, according to the Apple website.
To fill the void in store shelves, Apple has asked suppliers to prepare more than 20 million iPhone 11, iPhone SE and iPhone XR handsets between October and the end of the year for the holiday shopping season and the beginning of the year. after. That equates to more than a quarter of the orders Apple placed for the new iPhone 12 line this year, about 75 million to 80 million, people with direct knowledge of the matter told Nikkei Asia.
Any iPhone 11, iPhone SE, and iPhone XR handsets assembled after October will not come with a wired charger or headset, the sources added. Meanwhile, the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max have expired and will no longer be produced.
“The momentum for the iPhone 11 is surprisingly strong and continues. But that’s not the case with the Pro and Pro Max,” an executive-level source told Nikkei.
“It’s time for iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max [to stop production]”Another person with direct knowledge of the matter said. Continuing to produce those two phone models will” affect the sales of the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max “, while the specifications iPhone 11 is distinct enough to avoid that problem, the source added.
A third source said the orders for the iPhone 11, one of the flagship phones announced last September, and the cost-effective iPhone SE introduced this spring, were close to 10 million. pcs. “The orders for the old models were actually better than expected.”
Both the new MacBook and the older iPhone models made in October will still be made in China.
Apple has not responded to Nikkei Asia’s request for comment as of press time.
It has been a challenging year for Apple. The US tech giant has high hopes for its first 5G iPhones, but development and production have been significantly affected by the global epidemic. Apple has largely relied on teleconferencing, expensive and secret sample deliveries, and their suppliers to complete key verification processes for the 5G iPhone.
The company also faces geopolitical uncertainties in the Chinese market due to the US-China technology war and Washington’s relentless crackdown on Apple’s biggest Chinese rival, Huawei Technologies. Revenue from China, Apple’s third largest market after the US and Europe, fell 29% year-on-year to $ 7.9 billion in the previous quarter, the lowest level since 2014.
Apple lost its No. 2 position in the global smartphone market to Huawei in 2019, and Xiaomi recently came out of the top three in the September quarter. The launch of the long-awaited 5G iPhone 12 The holiday season may help the company bounce back in the second quarter of this year, but the new wave of COVID-19s in Europe and the US continues to weigh on consumer confidence and the global economic outlook.
Like its newest iPhone processor, Apple’s latest CPU for MacBook is designed by the US company but manufactured by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., the world’s largest contract chip maker and manufactured using TSMC’s most advanced 5-nanometer chip manufacturing technology.