The rumor: Apple has run into issues producing the new design for Apple Watch Series 7, according to Nikkei Asia (accuracy pending, source) and Mark Gurman (88.8% accurate, via Bloomberg).
Nikkei Asia reports that “manufacturers of Apple Watch 7, as the device is expected to be called, began small-scale production last week but encountered critical challenges in reaching satisfactory production performance, multiple people familiar with the situation said”
According to Gurman, a new lamination process used on the updated display could be also contributing to the issues
Our take: This is not a great sign, just days ahead of the expected unveil at the September event. Will Apple still announce the watches alongside iPhone 13 and provide later ship dates? I’m not sure. It’s possible they could also push the Apple Watch Series 7 to a different event entirely…
The rumor: Apple is preparing to produce a slew of products from iPhone to MacBook Pro, according to Nikkei Asia (rating pending).
According to the new report, Nikkei says that iPhone 13, new AirPods and MacBook Pro models will begin production next month, in August, ahead of what will likely be a busy Fall for the Cupertino-based company
Our take: If this is true, this will be the first time new AirPods have been unveiled in the Fall since the originals back in 2016 alongside iPhone 7. I’m ecstatic to try their new design, and it looks like we’re finally getting them.
The rumor: Apple has pushed back the production of some iPad and Mac models, according to Nikkei Asia (rating pending).
What’s happening with the Mac? “Chip shortages have caused delays in a key step in MacBook production — the mounting of components on printed circuit boards before final assembly”
And bad news for iPad, too: “Some iPad assembly, meanwhile, was postponed because of a shortage of displays and display components, sources said”
Nikkei Asia notes that Apple has pushed back some component orders from the first half of 2021 until the second half of this year
Our take: I don’t think this applies to the upcoming iPad Pro…but this could certainly be an explanation for why we haven’t seen an Apple event announced just yet. This global chip shortage is quickly becoming a big issue for even large players like Apple.
Our take: If there’s any good news in the story, perhaps it’s the fact that something like the iMac may have been pushed up for release…but that’s just a guess. Doesn’t seem like these new MBPs will be launching until sometime in the Fall.