COVID- Apple said in a brief press release that 19 restrictions at Foxconn's primary iPhone 14 factory in Zhengzhou, China, will result in lower-than-expected shipments. Customers who have ordered one will face "longer wait times to receive their new products," according to the company.
COVID-19 restrictions have temporarily impacted the primary iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max assembly facility located in Zhengzhou, China. The facility is currently operating at significantly reduced capacity. As we have done throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we are prioritizing the health and safety of the workers in our supply chain. We continue to see strong demand for iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max models. However, we now expect lower iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max shipments than we previously anticipated and customers will experience longer wait times to receive their new products. We are working closely with our supplier to return to normal production levels while ensuring the health and safety of every worker.
Shipments were expected to slow after the Chinese government ordered a week-long lockdown in the area surrounding the Foxconn factory following the outbreak. The action, which is part of the government's "Covid Zero" strategy, affects the factory that produces four out of every five of Apple's new smartphones. According to previous reports, iPhone production could be reduced by 30% overall.
The iPhone 14, which was released in September, is a minor upgrade over the previous model, with the main difference being the removal of the SIM tray and the Dynamic Island on the iPhone 14 Pro. In the United States, the shipping time is currently listed as 3-4 weeks.