After the COVID-19 lockdown took over the world, Apple decided to adopt some preventive measures and go easy on orders from their suppliers. What they did not expect was the rising demand for iPad’s thanks to all the parents who purchased the devices to organize remote studying for their kids.
So now the company is reportedly facing iPad shortages — and keep it in mind that the majority of Apple’s production sites worldwide have been temporarily shut down. This is why it begged LG Display to send LCD (liquid crystal displays) panels as soon as possible, which is reported to be in June, says Mac Rumours.
Suppliers are usually allowed to take several months to manufacture the components they need send but the iPad situation is apparently that urgent.
It is also in LG’s best interest to act quickly and send Apple those displays after restarting their production plants, reports Mac Rumours quoting an industry inside source. “Since BOE [BOE Technology Group] of China and Sharp [Sharp Corporation] of Japan are also major suppliers of panels for the Apple iPad, LG Display needs to respond quickly to Apple’s request not to lose the order to its rivals,” the quote says.
Back an April LG publicized its pandemic-impacted first-quarter losses, with revenue sliding 20%. But the South Korean company also said that it expects “volatility in demand to increase down the road.”