Apple’s primary iPhone assembler has, however, warned that chip shortages are likely to constrain supply into 2022 …
iPhone assembler Hon Hai Precision Industry Co.’s [aka Foxconn] first-quarter revenue jumped 44% on robust demand for Apple Inc.’s new 5G devices and other gadgets that help consumers stay connected at home during the pandemic.
Revenue in the three months through March rose to NT$1.34 trillion ($47 billion), the Taiwanese manufacturer reported Tuesday, in line with the average analyst estimate. Sales in March climbed to NT$441.2 billion.
The strong showing from the world’s largest contract electronics maker suggests demand for iPhones, gaming consoles and servers remains robust as consumers snatch up devices for remote work, home-schooling and entertainment needs. Companies are also spending on technology, expanding data-center infrastructure to better serve customers’ online activities.
The company said recently that it was “cautiously optimistic” about the rest of the year, but did expect chip shortages to remain an issue for some time yet.
[Foxconn is] monitoring component shortages that are expected to persist in 2022, Chairman Young Liu said on a conference call.
We noted then that Apple is in a better position than most, but is not immune.
Apple is believed to have been largely insulated, because it of course commissions its own A-series chips from TSMC. The company also does advance purchase deals with major component suppliers, up to and including negotiating entire production lines dedicated to Apple. However, even Apple can be indirectly hit as its own suppliers struggle to source the components they need, or by other supply-chain problems.
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