Apple's Supply Woes Likely to Continue in 2023 – TipRanks

The COVID-19-induced supply chain woes in China continue to impact Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL). Last month, the iPhone maker had indicated that shipments of iPhone 14 pro could be impacted and now research firm Trendforce too expects the same.

Further, Trendforce also expects iPhone shipments to witness a significant drop in the first quarter as compared to earlier estimates (47 million devices in Q1 2023 indicating a 22% year-over-year drop).

Apple is also working on mitigating its sole supplier dependence and is planning to add a second manufacturer for the iPhone 14 pro device. Additionally, the company is also looking to double its output from India in 2023.

Separately, the company’s unit in Japan has been fined $98 million after it did not charge consumption tax for purchases of its offerings by foreign visitors to the country.  

Analysts continue to remain buoyant about the tech juggernaut and have a Strong Buy consensus rating on the stock alongside an average price target of $179.10.

This indicates a 37.74% potential upside in the stock. That’s after a 27.9% price correction in AAPL shares over the past year.

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