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Apple: iPhone 14 Pro production delayed in China due to anti-Covid restrictions

Apple: iPhone 14 Pro production delayed in China due to anti-Covid restrictions

Apple said on Sunday it expects “less than expected” iPhone 14 Pro shipments, due to anti-Covid restrictions in China affecting production of this professional smartphone, in the run-up to the crucial holiday season.

The California group explains that its plant located in Zhengzhou (central China) is slowing down due to restrictions imposed again due to a rebound in positive cases of Covid-19.

Apple concludes: “Customers will have to wait longer to receive their new products.” “As we have done since the beginning of the pandemic, we are prioritizing the health and safety of workers in our supply chain.”

Taiwan’s Foxconn Group, Apple’s main subcontractor, has been facing an increase in Covid-19 cases since October at its mega site in Zhengzhou, the world’s largest iPhone factory.

Foxconn also announced around the same time as Apple announced that it had “revised (revised) its forecast for the fourth quarter due to anti-Covid measures in China.

At first, hundreds of employees angry at their living conditions fled the factory in disaster, according to viral photos a week ago and testimonies collected by AFP.

“Usually, almost all iPhones are produced in Zhengzhou,” Counterpoint analyst Evan Lamm told AFP.

The Apple brand relies a lot on China, where more than 90% of its products are manufactured. The country is also one of its most important markets.

Unlike its neighbors in Silicon Valley, Apple has so far weathered the economic crisis well, even as a strong dollar weighs on its revenue.

From July to September, the US group saw sales of the iPhone, its flagship product, increase 9.7% in one year, to $42.6 billion.

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This festive season, the company and experts have predicted strong demand for the iPhone 14 and 14 Pro Max.

Foxconn is China’s largest private sector recruitment firm, with more than one million people working in nearly 30 factories and research facilities in the country.

About 600 kilometers from Beijing, the industrial city of Zhengzhou employs up to 300,000 people who live on-site throughout the year, in an “iPhone city”, a kind of city within a city.