Covid-19 constraints at its key iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max manufacturing factory in Zhengzhou, China, have temporarily impacted iPhone 14 output.
According to Apple, the Foxconn-run facility is working at “substantially reduced capacity.
The Covid-19 limits at Apple’s major iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max manufacturing factory in Zhengzhou, China, forced the company to temporarily decrease iPhone 14 output, according to a statement released on Sunday.
According to Apple, the Foxconn-run facility is working at “substantially reduced capacity.” It issued a warning that it would send fewer units and that consumers would have to wait longer to buy equipment.
In light of Apple’s warning, it is possible that it may sell fewer iPhones in the December quarter due to production issues. In the December quarter of last month, it had earlier indicated declining growth.
The impacted devices, which are more expensive than other iPhone models and start at $999 and $1099, are nevertheless in great demand, the company claimed.
China has mandated lockdowns in Zhengzhou, where Apple produces the majority of its iPhones, for the last week. According to Reuters, the firm in China has struggled with workers leaving the location due to its Covid regulations and outbreaks.
The “zero-Covid” policy, which China is still pursuing, mandates that factories like the one that makes the iPhone in Zhengzhou function as “closed loops,” where employees live alone in dormitories and produce goods away from the outside world.
According to a note published on Sunday by JPMorgan analyst Samik Chatterjee, the current lead time for an iPhone 14 Pro purchased directly from Apple’s website is 31 days, which is greater than the typical 2-day lead time for less costly iPhone models.