If the whole mess caused in the industry by the pandemic was not enough, now we have another problem – the shortage in the semiconductor industry. Since the end of last year, we’ve been experiencing a crisis in the market of chips, but this is gaining more traction this year. It affects from CPUs to Graphics Cards, from Laptops to Smartphones. The whole technology segment is affected by the crisis in the segment. Despite this, some companies are managing to bypass the situation and are using everything in their favor to do so. Apple recently announced its iPad Pro 11 and 12.9 featuring the new Apple M1 chipset as well as a new iMac featuring the very same chip. Despite the problems involving the manufacture of its chips, Apple seems to have enough stock to start selling its new models by May 21.
It’s not common to see Apple products taking so much time to be available for pre-order. However, the crisis in the chips segment is here to justify this delay. Worth Noting that the company itself didn’t reveal the actual launch date of its new devices. The new info has been revealed by a British third-party retailer, John Lewis. According to it, users will be able to purchase the new models before the end of May.
Apple’s iPad Pro 2021 and iMac with M1 chip will be up for pre-orders in the UK by the end of March
As aforementioned, the new iPad Pros and the iMac will be available from May 21. That’s a Friday which makes perfect sense. If you recall, Apple loves releasing its devices on Fridays. Many of their devices have sales starting on Fridays. Worth noting that it is a little bit too far from the pre-order start date of April 30.
Shortly after this report started to circulate, the popular tipster Jon Prosser confirmed that a particular variant of the iPad Pro will be up for grabs from May 22. However, this date is linked to the 5G model for a certain carrier. For that reason, it must be disregarded for the most part.
In related news, Apple and TSMC are ready to start mass manufacturing the Apple M2 (or possibly Apple M1x). This will be the second generation of the company’s chipset. It will be based on TSMC’s N5P (5nm) which will improve performance and energy efficiency. The new chipset will likely debut with this year’s MacBooks. But that will depend on how the chipset crisis will escalate in the coming months.