Amid long waits for iPhone 13 models around the world, Apple has reportedly redistributed iPad parts to make up for shortages, as yet another signal that the global shortage of chips is affecting Apple’s supply chain.

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‌IPad‌ and iPhone share common components, including core and peripheral chips, which means Apple is able to switch supplies between devices to prioritize one or the other, reports Nikkei Asia.

Production of the iPad has dropped 50% compared to Apple’s original plans for the past two months, said sources who were briefed on the matter, adding that parts intended for older iPhones were also moved to the iPhone 13.

Apple predicts a greater demand for ‌iPhone 13‌ models, especially in the months immediately following the launch leading into the holiday season. Nevertheless, demand for iPads remains strong, with total ‌iPad‌ shipments in the first nine months of this year totaling 40.3 million, an increase of 17.83% from the same time a year ago, according to IDC data .

The last time Apple prioritized iPhones over iPads was last year when it reallocated some ‌iPad‌ parts to the iPhone 12 in the midst of supply chain constraints during the peak of the global health crisis.

Apple’s financial results for the fourth fiscal quarter of 2021 revealed an all-time record revenue for Mac and services, but Apple’s performance was only roughly in line with analysts’ expectations and was almost certainly held back by a lack of components that led to long-term shipping estimates for many Products.

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