Apple warns of Christmas iPhone shortages after Covid outbreak forces Chinese factory to close
Apple has warned of iPhone shortages over Christmas after a Covid-19 outbreak forced one of its major Chinese factories to shut down.
The assembly plant, located in Zhengzhou city in central China, is one of the main manufacturers of iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max models.
It was locked down by local authorities last week with 20,000 employees reportedly quarantined under Beijing’s strict “zero-covid” policy, which uses tough measures to contain even minor outbreaks of the virus and boost economic growth. growth in the country has caused the failure to slow down sharply.
Shutdown: Apple has been forced to close its assembly plant in Zhengzhou, central China, one of the main manufacturers of the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max models
As a result of the seven-day lockdown, Apple said delivery times would be slower, meaning customers would experience “longer wait times” for their phones.
The update is likely to further disappoint investors after the tech giant cut orders for its new iPhone 14 in September due to weaker-than-expected demand, as the cost of living forced many households to shun the expensive smartphones, which start at nearly £850.
Last week, workers were reported to have been detained at the Zhengzhou factory, despite claims by the factory’s owner, Taiwanese electronics company Foxconn, that workers could come and go as they pleased.
Social media posts highlighted that some employees had suffered food shortages during the quarantine, while others had allegedly fled the site to avoid being locked inside.
A video also surfaced last week showing workers dying in factory dormitories, but Foxconn denied it.