THUNDER BAY – TECH – Early on during the start of the global pandemic, demand for camera equipment, audio-visual equipment, and computers grew quickly as millions of workers and companies shifted to working remotely.
Prices went up. Some items were on eBay auctions being bid up well past their retail price.
There is another impact coming out of the global pandemic right now which is impacting the supply of computers. There is a shortage growing of many computers, including the increasingly popular Apple products with their new M1 Silicon Chip.
There are reports that purchasers of Apple is informing purchasers of custom configurations of its very popular M1 16-Inch MacBook Pro are being delayed until late June or early July.
The delays are also hitting on the new Apple Studio, iMac, and the new Apple Studio display.
This will be impacting the bottom line at Apple. CEO Tim Cook says that the supply chain issues are easing off.
“The supply constraints were significantly lower than what we had experienced during the December quarter,” CEO Tim Cook told reporters at the end of April, 2022. Cook says that Apple anticipates a supply chain impact of $4-$8 billion hit in the company’s revenue for quarter 3 of the year.
Apple’s revenue for the January-through March period rose 9% to $97.3 billion, far exceeding analyst expectations for $94 billion. Earnings per share rose to $1.52 from $1.40 a year earlier—beating estimates for $1.42 a share and setting a record for Apple’s fiscal second quarter.
The message perhaps is if you want some of the newest Apple technology, and want custom versions with increased RAM or faster processors, you will be waiting.