Anyone who owns an Apple iPhone 14 Pro (approx. 1,299 euros on Amazon) ordered from Apple, has to wait three to four weeks for delivery. These delivery times could soon be even longer, because how Reuters reports, iPhone production at Foxconn’s Zhengzhou factory falls by up to 30 percent after strict measures were taken to halt an emerging wave of COVID-19.
This is one of Foxconn’s largest plants, typically employing over 200,000 people. Foxconn produces a total of 70 percent of all iPhones, most of them at the Zhengzhou factory, so global iPhone production falls significantly due to these COVID measures. Production in other factories is to be increased to partially compensate for the shortfalls.
So far, it has not been confirmed whether a Foxconn employee actually contracted COVID-19, as of Oct. 19, a total of 264 cases of the disease were reported across the city of Zhengzhou. According to China’s Zero-COVID policy, correspondingly strict measures were taken, which, among other things, prohibited employees from eating their lunch in the canteen in order to minimize contact with other people and thus the risk of infection.
According to Reuters, some employees have left the plant because they did not want to accept the more difficult working conditions, further reducing production capacity. How the situation will develop is not yet foreseeable, but anyone who wants to buy an iPhone 14 Pro or iPhone 14 Pro Max should expect delivery times to be longer in the coming weeks.
Since 2009 I have been writing for various publications in the technology sector until I joined the Notebookcheck news department in 2018. Since then I have combined my many years of experience in the field of notebooks and smartphones with my lifelong passion for technology to inform our readers about new developments on the market. My design background as art director of an advertising agency also allows me deep insights into the peculiarities of this industry.
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