No, this is not a story from a few years ago, although the title may bring back bad memories of the start of the COVID pandemic in late 2019/early 2020. According to Reuters contract manufacturer Foxconn said today that the number of iPhones produced at its largest factory in China remained normal. This is despite tightening of COVID restrictions in the city of Zhengzhou, where the facility is located.
Foxconn made its own policy changes in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID at the Zhengzhou campus. Workers who live on campus are no longer allowed to eat together in the dining hall and must consume their meals in the dormitories, according to a message posted on WeChat by Foxconn. This factory employs 300,000 workers, and Zhengzhou has witnessed a new outbreak of COVID with 196 new cases since October 8.
Apple CEO Tim Cook visits a Foxconn assembly line
Meanwhile, Foxconn told Reuters that “Zhengzhou (factory) is still maintaining normal production and has little impact (on the situation).” Apple launched the new 6.1-inch iPhone 14, 6.1-inch iPhone 14 Pro and 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Pro Max on September 16. However, the 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Plus was delayed until October 7 a new rumor wants Apple to stop production of this model.
Earlier this year, Foxconn briefly shut down its Shenzhen factory due to a new outbreak of COVID. The factory quickly reopened. The Taiwan-based manufacturer is Apple’s largest supplier of iPhones, with multiple facilities in China and India producing Apple’s most important product.
Bloomberg reports that China’s COVID cases have reached their highest number in two months. Last Sunday, for example, 1,878 new cases of COVID were reported in the country. The pandemic didn’t just affect iPhone production in 2020, it also affected sales of the devices worldwide thanks to the closure of Apple Stores outside of China at the start of the worst of the pandemic in March 2020.