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"Global shortage": Apple iPhone stock may be damaged by the spread of the Corona virus - Walla! TECH

2020-02-03T23:55:08.846Z

The Corona virus has affected the lives of tens of millions of people living in quarantine in China, and is worrying worldwide. Now it seems that the virus may also disrupt the supply of Apple iPhones, since ...



"Global shortage": Apple iPhone stock may be damaged by the spread of the corona virus

The Corona virus has affected the lives of tens of millions of people living in quarantine in China, and is worrying worldwide. It now appears that the virus may also disrupt Apple's iPhone supply, as some iPhone parts are manufactured in a factory located in China, at the heart of the virus outbreak.

"Global shortage": Apple iPhone stock may be damaged by the spread of the corona virus

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"IPhone inventory in the world is expected to shrink quite significantly over the next few months due to the Corona virus," reports Ming-chi Ko. According to his forecast, Apple is expected to drop its shipments from the factory to stores by about 10 percent, with only about 36 million iPhones moving on. This news comes despite the claims of the Foxconn plant, where most major parts of iPhones are manufactured, that production will not be delayed. The same factory is located in the city of Wan, the virus outbreak center in China, so it is doubtful that there will be any disruptions in the production chain.

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It also seems that these are not just the new iPhone models that are expected to be delayed in the production line. A little over two weeks ago, we reported that the iPhone 9 would go into industrial and official production in February, when the device itself will be unveiled in March. However, the latest news seems to be turning this news into a thought and less a future reality. And if the schedule remains the same, you can expect very limited inventory of the device worldwide. To avoid doubt, other Apple devices, such as the AirPods, are also expected to be affected by the Corona virus, in terms of production volume. The popular headphones, which are already in stock in most of the world because of the huge demand, can become unavailable very quickly. Apple stores in China, including the city of Wan, are closed as a precaution this weekend.

Foxconn factory workers at a corporate event, January 22, 2020 (Photo: Reuters)

Foxconn factory workers, manufacturing Apple parts for Apple, with air filtration masks, during a corporate event in Taipei (Photo: Yimou Lee, Reuters)

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Apple is expected to announce six new iPhones by the end of the year, including an iPhone with a flawless screen. According to DigiTimes, the US company is expected to launch two discounted iPhones by the end of 2020. The rumor is based on Apple's screen vendor, which claimed that Apple would launch a iPhone SE 2 with a 4.7 "screen, and another iPhone 5.5 or 6.1" screen. The discounted iPhones will also be joined by several flagship models: a 5.4-inch screen, two 6.1-inches, and another 6.7-inch iPhone.

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