Normal production of the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max smartphones has been threatened. More precisely, it will be disrupted again, but so far only the extent of the problem is unknown.
Here's What We Know
Last month, Chinese authorities quarantined the city of Zhengzhou, home to the largest assembly plant for Apple's latest smartphones. The plant produces about 85 percent of all iPhones 14 Pro and Pro Max. The October lockdown did not affect the Foxconn factory, but its productivity slumped, after which even Apple admitted that it would be unable to meet its smartphone delivery plan.
Now a highly contagious strain of Omicron is spreading in China, causing Zhengzhou to face another severe quarantine. Amid another COVID-19 outbreak, Chinese authorities will close the city from Friday until Tuesday (Nov. 25-29). This is reported by Business Insider citing the local government.
So far, there is no information on how the quarantine will affect the Foxconn plant. But once again recall that even though last month's production was not stopped, Apple and Foxconn had problems. Therefore, the new lockdown definitely will not play into the hands of American and Taiwanese companies. In addition, it is possible that quarantine restrictions will be tightened if the outbreak is not managed.
The residents of the country are not happy with the actions of the authorities. This also applies to the employees of the plant. They reproach Foxconn with the fact that the company does not pay bonuses for working in extreme conditions. Interestingly, according to Bloomberg, Foxconn agreed to pay $1,400 to its employees, but the fate of these payments is now in question due to the new quarantine.
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