Covid-19 rise in China causes delays in Apple supply chain

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Apple has announced delays in the production of its latest range of smartphones, the iPhone 14 pro and pro max, because of covid restrictions implemented by key manufacturers in China.

Foxconn, which runs an iPhone production plant in Zhengzhou, China, this week announced that it was implementing additional restrictions at the facility.

Covid-19 cases in the Henan province, where the plant is, are the highest they have been since February. This is based on data from the Centre for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.

According to Reuters, a post from Foxconn on Chinese social media platform WeChat appeared to report that employee movement was being restricted between the factory floor and dormitories.

In a statement, Apple explained that the iPhone assembly facility in Zhengzhou is ‘currently operating at significantly reduced capacity’. It says that this will likely lead to fewer shipments of the products until production can return to normality.

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