One of the ripple effects of the pandemic is the impact on supply chains – especially for semiconductors (or chips). In 2021, almost all major manufacturers across a broad range of industries like Ford and Samsung have said they are slowing production due to the global chip shortage.
Experts predict that things won’t go back to normal until 2023. Until then, here’s what to expect:
In October, Apple announced that they were cutting production of the new iPhone 13 by as many as 10 million units. Analysts fear this is a sign that supply chains conditions are getting worse, as even “the most powerful company” is being impacted.
March 2022 Update: While we initially predicted things to go back to normal around 2023, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine will further restrict chip production. Ukraine supplies 50-70% of the world’s neon gas, a raw material used in chipmaking. The conflict will lead to shortages, which in turn impacts the supply chain. Expect the shortage (and the resulting higher costs) to continue for the foreseeable future.