Apple announced late Sunday night that production at Foxconn’s iPhone factory in China has been “temporarily halted” and that the company expects fewer shipments of high-end iPhone 14 models.
“The plant is currently running at significantly reduced capacity.”
A spate of cases had led the Taiwanese tech giant to shut down the world’s largest manufacturer of new devices. “The COVID-19 restrictions have temporarily impacted the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max assembly plant in Zhengzhou, China,” California-based Apple said in a statement.
“We continue to see strong demand for iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max models. However, we now expect fewer iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max shipments than we previously anticipated,” the company said. Apple added that customers would wait longer to receive their new products.
Meanwhile, Foxconn said on Monday that it was working to resume full production at the factory as soon as possible and downgraded its outlook for the fourth quarter. It said it plans to implement new measures at the plant to stop the spread of COVID-19. It also works on a system restricting workers’ travel between their dormitories and the factory site.
The wave of cases of COVID-19 at Foxconn’s Zhengzhou facility led to severe restrictions at the massive complex to control the virus. Videos showed factory workers fleeing the plant, citing poor working conditions and a lack of basic amenities. The company employs about 200,000 people and produces most of the world’s iPhones.
China has chosen to continue its strict zero-Covid policy after speculation that it might relax some of them. National Health Commission (NHC) spokesman Mi Feng said Saturday that Beijing “unwaveringly adheres to… the general policy of dynamic zero-Covid”.
“Currently, China is facing the dual threat of imported infections and the spread of domestic outbreaks,” Mi said at a press briefing.
“The disease control situation is as grim and complex as ever,” he said. “We must continue to put people and lives first.” China on Sunday reported the highest number of new COVID-19 infections in six months.
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