BEIJING – Apple has warned that COVID restrictions have “temporarily hampered” operations at the world’s largest iPhone facility in central China and that customers would now have to wait longer for their orders in time for the holiday shopping season.
In accordance with China’s zero-Covid policy, Foxconn, Apple’s main subcontractor, shut down its sizable production in Zhengzhou last month after an increase in infections.
The Taiwanese company said the coronavirus lockdowns will negatively affect its fourth-quarter results this year in a separate statement on Monday.
Following reports of bad working conditions at the complex, which employs hundreds of thousands of people, worried employees this week fled the scene on foot.
Apple, based in California, said in a statement late Sunday that “COVID-19 restrictions have temporarily disrupted the primary iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max production facility located in Zhengzhou, China.”