Apple warns of Christmas iPhone shortages after Covid outbreak forces Chinese factory to shut down

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Apple has warned of an iPhone shortage for Christmas after the Covid-19 outbreak forced the closure of one of its major Chinese factories.

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The assembly plant, located in Zhengzhou city in central China, is one of the main manufacturers of the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max models.

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Local authorities closed it last week and 20,000 employees believed to have been forced to quarantine under Beijing’s strict “zero Covid” policy, which uses harsh measures to contain even minor outbreaks of the virus and fueled the country’s economic growth. . slow down dramatically due to the stall.

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Shutdown: Apple has been forced to close its assembly plant in Zhengzhou, central China, which is one of the main manufacturers of the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max models.

Apple said that as a result of the seven-day lockdown, delivery times will be slower, meaning customers will experience “longer wait times” for their phones.

The update is likely to further disappoint investors after the tech giant slashed orders for its new iPhone 14 in September due to weaker-than-expected demand, as cost-of-living cuts forced many households to shun expensive smartphones that start at nearly £850. .

It was reported last week that workers were locked down at the Zhengzhou plant despite claims by the plant’s owner, Taiwanese electronics company Foxconn, that employees could come and go as they please.

Social media posts highlighted that some employees suffered from food shortages during the quarantine, while others allegedly fled the facility to avoid being locked inside.

A video also surfaced last week showing workers dying in factory dormitories, a claim Foxconn denies.

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