Apple Blames Intel CPU Shortage for Mac Sales Slowdown

Apple sees its sales slow significantly for several of its popular product types. The iPhone has sold in lower numbers than what the company wants and its MacBook computers have as well. Apple recently blamed Intel for the decline in revenue from Mac computers.

Luca Maestri, Apple Chief Financial Officer, said in an earnings call “Next I’d like to talk about the Mac. Revenue was 5.5 billion compared to 5.8 billion a year ago, with the decline driven primarily by processor constraints on certain popular models.”

CEO Tim Cook also lamented an Intel processor shortage. Cook said, “For our Mac business overall, we faced some processor constraints in the March quarter, leading to a 5 percent revenue decline compared to last year. But we believe that our Mac revenue would have been up compared to last year without those constraints, and don’t believe this challenge will have a significant impact on our Q3 results.”

Speculation suggests that Apple wants to free itself from being constrained by the woes of Intel and might go to Arm processors that it makes. It might be able to use AMD parts, but there is no word on that.