Apple says iPhone supply hit by antivirus restrictions in China
BEIJING >> Apple Inc. warns. Customers say they will have to wait longer to get the latest iPhone models after antivirus restrictions were imposed on a contractor factory in central China.
The company’s announcement on Sunday gave no details but said the Foxconn-operated plant in downtown Zhengzhou was “operating at significantly reduced capacity”.
“We now expect iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max shipments to be lower than we previously expected,” the company said. “Customers will experience longer wait times to receive their new products.”
Foxconn Tech Group earlier said it had imposed anti-virus measures on the factory in Zhengzhou in the wake of the virus outbreak. Apple and Foxconn did not previously respond to questions about how iPhone production would be affected.
Last week, access to the industrial area where the factory is located was suspended for a week after infections increased in Zhengzhou and workers left the factory.
The shutdown is expected to cause more disruptions at the factory, which in recent weeks has seen a wave of coronavirus infections and a mass exodus of workers, some of whom fled the factory on foot.
Foxconn said in a statement that it was revising its forecast for this quarter downward due to the shutdown.
“Foxconn is now working with the government in a coordinated effort to stem the pandemic and resume production at full capacity as quickly as possible,” the company said on Monday.
It also said the provincial government said it would “fully support” Foxconn in managing the epidemic prevention and operating mode at the plant.
In a post on the Zhengzhou factory’s WeChat social media account on Sunday, the company said the “closed-loop” system would restrict its employees’ travel between their dormitories and the factory area to manage risk COVID-19 transition.
The last quarter of the year is usually a busy season for companies like Foxconn as they ramp up production before the year-end holiday rush.
“We are working closely with our suppliers to return to normal production levels while ensuring the health and safety of every worker,” Apple said.
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