Wuhan Coronavirus Can Affect Apple's Plan To Manufacture 80 Million iPhones In China
Aadhya Khatri - Jan 31, 2020
As some parts of China now quarantined by the Chinese authorities, the manufacturing partners of Apple might miss the deadline for 80 million handsets
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If you think the Coronavirus can only affect human health, you should recalibrate your thought, as it has obviously created a hard time for Apple in China with the reduced iPhone production.
For 2020, Apple plans to increase the production of its handset by 10%. But much to its surprise, there is an obstacle for that ambitious plan which shows itself in December last year, the coronavirus infection in Wuhan.
According to Nikkei, Apple ordered 80 million iPhones from its manufacturers to be delivered in the first half of the year 2020.
Among the 80 million handsets, 65 million will be the iPhones that have been released for some time; while the remaining 15 million will be the affordable models Apple plans to make public this year. Many project it would be the iPhone SE 2, the one we have heard a lot about.
The production of the handsets is planned to start in February but as some parts of China are now lock downed by the Chinese authorities, the manufactures might miss the deadline.
However, Foxconn, Apple’s partner seems to be very optimistic about it meeting the deadline. In a statement, it said that there were measures in place to ensure that the global requirements are met.
The company also said that it had applied necessary hygiene and health practices to all aspects of its productions in all affected countries it operates in. Foxconn also kept a close eye on the development of the outbreak.
Its Chinese facilities are following holiday schedule and they would resume production in standard working hours shortly.