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Coronavirus slows down new iPhone

Will the next iPhone come later than usual because of the coronavirus? According to devoted in the sphere, there is a risk of delaying the production of Apple's new smartphone, the presentation of which is expected to be in the autumn.
Because of travel restrictions to China, Apple experts are currently unable to work on the new generation of iPhones, former employees and supply chain experts told Reuters.

In the first months of the year, before the start of production in the summer, the installation processes of the new models will be set in China with suppliers like Foxconn and the latest mistakes will be ironed out, in the words of two former Apple employees. Although Apple also works with other manufacturers such as Wistron, the introduction of new devices is usually worked at Foxconn as the company is the most progressive, experts believe.

Foxconn, the world's largest electronic device maker, had to delay the resumption of major iPhone factories in Shenzhen and Zhengzhou, scheduled for February 10, following the Chinese New Year because of “Covid -19". The company expects to be able to resume half of its Chinese production by the end of February.

Foxconn announced in an email that the company complies with all legal health and safety practices of its employees in its factories to protect their well-being, wrote. “Accordingly, we approach with caution to implementing our production plans after the break at each of our locations in China,” the Apple supplier said.

Originally from Apple did not comment on the report. However, last week the company announced that initially targeted sales targets in the current quarter could not be met because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Apple shares rose about 86% in 2019, exceeding 29% growth in the S&P 500 index.

Apple earned more than $142bn from iPhone sales in fiscal 2019 The company will now try to spur demand by inviting to offer a second generation of the budget “SE” model. The step comes amid an otherwise withering motivation among shoppers to invest large sums in the brand's new smartphones.

Last October, the Nikkei reported that Apple had asked its suppliers to increase production of the iPhone 11 series models by up to 8 million units, or by about 10%, under the pretense that demand for recently released versions of the flagship phone was growing at the time.


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