Apple’s iPad sales are expected to remain stable in the second quarter of this year despite the impact of global chip scarcity, according to a new report from DigiTimes. Furthermore, all preparations are in progress for TSMC’s new chip factory in Arizona, which is to be just the beginning of a number of new manufacturing facilities in the US state.
iPad sales remain stable in Q2
The shortage of microchips is crippling parts of the global electronics industry. As one of the largest buyers of semiconductor materials, Apple was able to purchase available capacity and continue producing key products due to its size and market power.
According to DigiTimes, 35.95 million tablets were shipped worldwide in the first quarter of 2021, a decrease of 22.7 percent compared to the previous quarter, but 45.5 percent compared to the previous year. The release of the new iPad Pro models will help Apple buck the bearish trend in the global marketplace, the report said. For most non-Apple brands, shipments are expected to decline in the second quarter.
However, Apple itself warns that the shortage of microchips can affect production, saying it expects a sequential sales decline of around $ 3 billion to $ 4 billion in the third quarter of 2021 due to iPad and Mac delivery bottlenecks.
TSMC is planning not one but up to six chip factories in Arizona
It’s been almost a year since TSMC announced it would spend $ 12 billion on a chip factory in Arizona. A new report from Reuters today suggests that this is just the beginning.
The first plant is scheduled to start production in 2024. As multiple sources now claim, more chip manufacturing facilities in the state will follow. Three anonymous sources told Reuters that up to five additional factories are planned for Arizona.
The first factory is relatively modest by the industry, with a planned output of 20,000 wafers – each containing thousands of chips – per month. The company’s sophisticated 5-nanometer semiconductor manufacturing technology will be used here. It is not known how high the additional production capacities and investments of the other factories will be. The chip manufacturing technology used is also unknown.