Apple warns of iPhone delays due to China Covid lockdown
Apple on Monday said it expected lower shipments of its iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone Pro Max due to Covid-19 restrictions hitting production at an assembly facility in Zhengzhou, China.
“The facility is currently operating at significantly reduced capacity,” Apple said in a statement. “Customers will experience longer wait times to receive their new products.”
In a separate announcement, the Taiwan-owned firm Foxconn, which is Apple’s biggest iPhone maker, said it was working to resume full production at its plant in Zhengzhou and revised down its fourth quarter outlook.
The disruption comes ahead of the busy Christmas trading period. Foxconn’s plant in Zhengzhou, which employs about 200,000 people, produces the majority of Apple’s new phones, including the new iPhone 14.
The Zhengzhou Airport Economy Zone in central China said that from midday on Wednesday, it was placing the 415 sq km industrial park that hosts the plant under China’s lowest “static management” tier of lockdown until midday on Wednesday.
Reporting by Frank Prenesti for Sharecast.com