iPhone 14: Apple still faces a capricious supply chain

The consequences of the tight restrictions still in place in China are affecting shipments of the iPhone 14 Pro. Apple says these shipments will be “lower than expected” in the coming weeks. And 4-5 weeks late.

Reason? The closure of the Chinese factory continues, which slows down the production of the latest iPhones. The factory is located according to AFP in the city of Zhengzhou, in central China.

Located 600 km from Beijing, Zhengzhou (pop. 10 million) employs up to 200,000 people who live here all year round in “iPhone City”, a kind of city within a city.

New sanitary measures for their employees

This site is owned by the Taiwanese group Foxconn, Apple’s main subcontractor. Foxconn is China’s largest private-sector employer, with over a million people employed at some 30 factories in the country.

Foxconn announced that it expects year-end results to be worse than expected. They should be released this Thursday.

Foxconn also clarified the introduction of new measures for its employees, in particular, a “sanitary bubble” between dormitories and the plant. Measures that caused the flight of hundreds of employees from the production site.

More than 80 million iPhones will be produced

Apple will produce 2-3 million fewer iPhones this quarter due to a resurgence of the epidemic in Zhengzhou, TrendForce estimates. The goal is estimated at more than 80 million.

Apple currently manufactures over 90% of its products in China. And this situation with the slowdown in deliveries has been persisting for two years.

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