Apple Warns of Slow iPhone Shipments due to China’s COVID-19 Disruption

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The shipments of Apple’s newest premium iPhones will be lower than previously expected after China’s COVID-19 lockdowns affected operations at a supplier’s factory, Apple Inc. warned. Apple continues to see strong demand for the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max models, but the COVID-19 lockdowns in China mean customers will see long wait times to get their new phones.

Currently, the deliveries of iPhone 14 Pro handsets are listed for late November 2022 or early December 2022. The move by the Chinese government to introduce lockdown in the Zhengzhou area, which includes a Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. iPhone manufacturing plant is expected to further affect a factory that is already struggling with an on-site COVID-19 outbreak and enforced quarantine.

The facility is operating at significantly decreased capacity, said Apple Inc., while Hon Hai noted that it is decreasing its fourth-quarter outlook in the COVID-19 lockdown. In a statement, Foxconn said that it is now working with the government in a concerted effort to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic, and resume manufacturing to full capacity as fast as possible.

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Apple Inc., has stopped hiring for many jobs outside of research and development, and it is working closely with its suppliers to return to normal manufacturing levels, ensuring the health and safety of every employee.