Coronavirus affects Apple’s production timeline for new iPhones

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Travel limitations to China on account of coronavirus have come as Apple Inc’s engineers normally fly off to Asia to consummate the production of fall’s new iPhones, previous employees supply chain experts said.

High-volume production is not planned until summer, however, the initial months of the year are when Apple resolves to assemble processing works with partners like Hon Hai Precision Industry Co’s Foxconn, two previous Apple employees noted. 

“They probably have one assembly line they’re trying things out on,” said one of the former employees who asked not to be named discussing production matters. 

Foxconn, the world’s biggest contract electronics creator, deferred reviving key iPhone manufacturing factories in Shenzhen and Zhengzhou after the Lunar New Year occasion, yet would like to continue half of its Chinese production before the finish of February. 

Senior Foxconn authorities who have been working secluded from Taipei since the holiday have not yet come back to China.

Apple declined to comment on this.

A week ago, Apple cautioned investors it was probably not going to meet profit forecasts for the initial three months of 2020 and that the iPhone stocks would be sparse as manufacturing sites in China were not increasing production as anticipated. 

Foxconn said the coronavirus episode would bring down its earnings this year. 

Also, United Airlines, which has unveiled that Apple is a significant client, said it was dropping all flights to China until late April. Apple, in the meantime, said on Jan. 28 that it was limiting employees to travel to China to “business-critical” circumstances. 

In the event that postponements happen at this stage, it would take away from the time Apple needs to settle orders for chips and various parts, practically which are all uniquely designed for the iPhone. 

Because of the huge volumes needed, “they can’t wait to make component selections”, said Ron Keith, founder of Supply Chain Resources Group, which works with electronics makers such as Alphabet Inc’s Group.

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