Having owned most Apple products in recent times we’ve enjoyed the journey and rise in popularity, although the production for a new 2012 MacBook Pro is highlighting issues of the past. When we received the second-generation iPad it had backlight bleeding, the iPhone 4 had cell phone signal issues, and after a delay to the 4S release date we saw battery life problems that were later discovered to be software related with the new iPhone. Hearing that some 2012 MacBook Pro production could be “outsourced” is a worry for certain Apple fans, and some of our readers have commented on a fear that this could cause a drop in quality.
Apple is strict with supply chain quality but what happens when they’re trying to meet demand? We know that Apple keep a tight check on the supply chain, but considering the labor problems in China for meeting the demand of Apple products, could the rumored outsourcing we’re hearing cause some new MacBook Pro’s to arrive with problems in a higher number than normal?
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While we don’t know the 2012 MacBook Pro release date yet, and with WWDC 2012 coming closer each day, there will be a shipment schedule to meet and whispers within Apple’s supply chain are hinting at the need for outsourcing to meet this schedule. There is also an expectation for the new MacBook Pro to increase shipments up by 50% this year, when compared to 2011, which also adds to problems with meeting this demand on time.
Do you feel the increased popularity of Apple products could cause a higher percentage of problems, especially if some of the orders of iPhone 5 and MacBook’s are outsourced at the last moment? We’ve never had a problem with any of the MacBook Pro’s and Air’s in our office, and considering we will be upgrading this year it’s hoped this trend continues no matter how much demand Apple is under.