Apple iPad 2 & iPhone 4 May Suffer Shortages; Japan Quake Seen as Reason

March 18, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

The quake and the tsunami disasters that rocked the whole of Japan, seems to have made a dent in the iPad and iPhone 4  terrain too. With the catastrophe affecting the overall scenario in the Asian nation, component makers have also been forced to go in for a shut down for at least some time.

Considering that Japanese companies contribute immensely in the making of the iPad 2 and the iPhone 4, the closing down of companies such as Toshiba’s LCD plant and Mitsubishi Gas Chemical for a month need to be seen as affecting Apple’s plans. The suspension in activities could bring in shortages in iPad 2 and iPhone 4 manufacturing.

While the Toshiba action will impact Apple iPhone 4 supplies in the short term, the Mitsubishi decision will cause shortages in BT resin (used in printed circuit boards) supplies for Apple. Toshiba accounts for around 40% of global flash memory, in case you didn’t know.

There are other component suppliers too for Apple. Though a shut down may not have happened yet, transportation in the quake-hit nation could prove to be a bane. That could result in supply issues in the near term.

Looks like Apple has a problem in their hands. However, considering that the company has entrusted component supplies with many other players, they may be able to tide over such a crisis too. We will have to wait and watch the scene.

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