updated 09:54 am EDT, Thu April 18, 2013
Company may have overestimated product demand
Apple has temporarily stopped ordering any parts for Mac systems, and hasn't sent any word of when orders might resume, supply chain sources tell DigiTimes. The people add that suppliers expected to run through their current Mac parts inventories this month, but are now stuck. Mac orders allegedly slowed to a trickle after the Lunar New Year holiday, when many Asian suppliers shut down.
DigiTimes suggests that Apple placed "aggressive" Mac orders at the end of 2012, but has since seen lower demand than anticipated. It's speculated that the discrepancy may be due to Apple's own iPad, which could be cannibalizing MacBook sales. The iPad and iPad mini are both cheaper than Apple's bottom-end MacBook, which is $999.