A new report claims that Apple’s largest iPhone plant in China continues to operate normally despite the lockdowns and COVID testing.
According to Bloomberg:
Lockdowns and widespread COVID-19 testing in Zhengzhou’s surrounding area, which began last week, have not affected the world’s largest iPhone assembly campus, which is located on the outskirts of the central Chinese city of Zhengzhou.
This week’s new round of testing began on Monday, after quarantines had been in place since Friday. With 200,000 workers on site at any given time, the newspaper reported that “production was going well.”
Since the return of mandatory COVID tests last week, there has been concern about the availability of Apple’s top-tier iPhones, the 13th and 12th generation models.
There has already been confirmation that the shutdown of one supplier will have an impact on the supply of the new MacBook Pro (2021). Lockdowns at Pegatron are also affecting the production of the iPhone SE. Ming-Chi Kuo, a supply chain expert and analyst, claims that this won’t affect Apple because the company has a large supply of iPhone SEs on hand, citing “lacklustre” demand for the device.
Last week, China’s President, Xi Jinping, emphasised the importance of a zero-tolerance approach to COVID, which has enraged the Chinese people. Shanghai and Kunshan are among the cities that have been forced to close their factories as a result. At least one factory has been able to keep its operations running by having its employees sleep on-site so they aren’t exposed to the virus.