Pressure to keep up with Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) supply orders for the new MacBook line has put the company’s manufacturing partners in a labor shortage, according to Digitimes. According to the report, product manufacturing plants in eastern China have been suffering from labor shortages for a while, which is unusual for the traditionally slow months of May and June. Some supply chain makers are resorting to outsourcing their orders to meet shipment schedules, according to the website’s sources.
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Shipments have a chance to grow 30 to 50 percent from 12.79 million units in 2011 to between 16.24 and 19.2 million units in 2012, the sources added.
The MacBook supply chain is said to have started delivering products in April, and shipments are expected to continue to rise in June. Rumors have suggested a possible mid-June launch for the company’s new notebook line. Apple’s new MacBook Pro line is expected to be thinner than previous models, and both the MacBook Pro and iMac are expected to include new high-definition Retina displays.
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