05 Dec '11, 3pm

Climate change finally hits Apple geeks where it hurts: Mac shortages

As Bangkok dries out from epic floods that the IPCC says will only get worse as climate change accelerates , its leaders are contemplating moving the entire capital city to higher ground . But I know what you're thinking: How does this affect me? Answer: It’ll hit you right in the hard drive. Now that supply chains stretch across the globe and electronics can contain components from dozens if not hundreds of countries, it means you won't be able to get an iMac with a 2TB drive, because Apple sources "many components from Thailand," says Apple CEO Tim Cook. Floods have knocked out factories critical to Apple's supply chain, and " "the recovery timeline is not known at this point," reports Ars Technica . And it's not just Apple -- it turns out that over half the hard drives made in the world come from Thailand. Shortages could continue until the first quarter of 2012. So any...

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