Apple acknowledged on Sunday that consumers expecting to purchase an iPhone 14 Pro or iPhone 14 Pro Max may have to wait longer for their order as a result of COVID-19 restrictions affecting one of its important Chinese assembly plants. This was an uncharacteristically honest revelation from Apple.
Apple stated on its website that “substantially decreased capacity” has resulted from COVID safeguards at its main Foxconn-operated iPhone manufacturing facility in Zhengzhou, China.
Because of this, it now anticipates “smaller shipments of the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max than we previously anticipated, and customers will have lengthier wait times to get their new products.”
“We are collaborating closely with our supplier to resume normal production levels while protecting the health and safety of every employee, the statement continued.”
Businesses and people’s way of life are still being impacted by China’s infamously rigorous zero-COVID policy, which causes supply chains for tech companies to be disrupted if a COVID-19 outbreak happens within or near a manufacturing site.
Apple’s admission comes after a worker who tested positive for COVID-19 last month caused chaos at the factory, which is located roughly 380 miles southwest of Beijing. Reports of running out of food supplies and inadequate medical care as Foxconn tried to impose a lockdown at the factory prompted some of the site’s 300,000 or so employees to leave the expansive campus, which includes staff dorms and other services for daily life.