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COVID-19 woes hit iPhone 14 Pro production

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COVID-19 woes hit iPhone 14 Pro production
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Apple has confirmed earlier reports that shipments of its top of the range iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max devices will be lower than expected ahead of the Christmas season, due to COVID-19 restrictions.

In a brief statement, Apple said the supply of its recently released iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max has been temporarily impacted by COVID-19 restrictions at Zhengzhou, China.

"The facility is currently operating at significantly reduced capacity.

As we have done throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we are prioritising the health and safety of the workers in our supply chain," Apple said.

Apple said it continues to see strong demand for iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, but expects lower shipments than anticipated, with customers having to experience longer wait times to receive the devices they have bought.

Foxconn is Apple's supplier of iPhone 14 Pro devices, and Apple said it's working with the Taiwanese electronics maker to return to normal production levels.

The Zhengzhou plant operated by Foxconn has some 200,000 workers, with an unknown number being struck with COVID-19.

A Reuters report in October suggested production of iPhone 14 Pros would slip by 30 per cent ahead of the holiday season.

China operates a strict zero-COVID policy, and has shown no intention of relaxing the rules that involve lockdowns, quarantines and large-scale testing.

 

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