Shortages of parts used by Apple to produce the iPhone and the iPad are putting a dent into the Cupertino based firm's goal of shipping 20-22 million iPhones and 7.5-9 million iPads in the current quarter. The Foxconn factory in Chengu, where the Apple iPad 2 is produced, has been suffering from a shortage of parts and workers due to the March earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The main Foxconn plant in Shenzhen
has also had to deal with the same problem, cutting back on iPad 2 production at that factory as well. Shortages from part suppliers are also affecting Foxconn plants that produce the Apple iPhone 4 as well as the Pegatron factory where the CDMA version of the handset is made.
None of the part suppliers would comment but Foxconn did say that factory workers could be shifted to make sure orders are fulfilled. Apple has said that it is shipping every iPad 2 that it could make and expects to increase production of the tablet, saying that over the next few months, it expects the earthquake not to be a serious factor.