Apple reportedly in talks to make Apple Watches, MacBooks in Vietnam

Apple CEO Tim Cook poses in front of a new MacBook Airs running M2 chips display during Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, California, June 6, 2022.

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Apple‘s Mac supply chain has normalized, according to analysts at JPMorgan who said lead times have moderated to a week or less across geographies.

It means Apple customers now have to wait about five days, on average, for a new Mac, compared to a wait time of about 15 days back in June. The wait time is a bit longer in North America, where it takes about eight days to get a new Mac, down from 18 days in June.

Mac sales were short of consensus expectations in the company’s third-quarter earnings report and fell 10% year-over-year. CEO Tim Cook attributed the drop to supply constraints which means Apple couldn’t make enough computers to meet demand.

In April, Apple warned that parts shortages would hit revenue by between $4 billion and $8 billion, and Apple’s website showed extended shipping times for many Mac models during the quarter. Cook said the ultimate hit came in under $4 billion. 

Apple also announced new MacBook Air models in June that began shipping to customers until July. The MacBook Air is Apple’s best-selling computer.  

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