Mark Gurman has published again one of his articles in Bloomberg, but this time not to detail Apple’s future but to warn of possible disruptions in it. Apparently, the coronavirus originated in Wuhan can cause difficulties in the production of the so-called ‘iPhone 9’ ; which could cause delays or a lower production than expected.
Foxconn, the company responsible for producing this hypothetical successor to the iPhone SE that we could see presented at the end of March, has assured that they are already taking sanitary measures to guarantee the health of their workers. The problem would come from restrictions on the movement of China’s citizens, including assembly line workers. If employees cannot go to work because they are isolated in their cities, production is obviously affected.
The production of the ‘iPhone 12’ that we will see in September would not be affected , as it is progressing with a forecast of several months and therefore there would be no problems. In fact, they are producing more units than normal to cover an expected higher demand. But the production of the ‘iPhone 9’ is being made to be marketed this spring, so we could see effects.
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That said, it should be borne in mind that the coronavirus has already claimed over 100 victims in China alone. Therefore, the priority of both Apple and the suppliers should be the health of their employees, rather than the benefits they may have produced by the iPhones that we will see throughout this year. Let’s hope we don’t have to mourn many more victims.