Recently, there were reports suggesting that Apple’s iPhone production could be potentially affected due to the coronavirus outbreak in China, where most of Apple’s production takes place. One of Apple’s biggest partners, Foxconn, said that it would not affect production schedule, but a new report begs to differ.
According to a new report from Reuters, it seems that over in China, Foxconn was forced to halt almost all of its production in the country. This follows a mandate from the Chinese government which asked companies to shut down until at least the 10th of February. The report goes on to add that production times could take a big hit if the government decides to extend that date.
The publication’s source was quoted as telling them, “What we are worried about is delays for another week or even another month. The impact would be big. It definitely will have an impact on the Apple production line. The tricky question is whether we will be able to resume production (on Feb. 10)…It’s up to the instructions given by central and provincial governments.”
However, it notes that for now, Foxconn has since spread out its workload to its other factories located in other parts of the world, such as Vietnam, India, and Mexico.