ANYONE hoping to find a brand new iPhone under the Christmas tree this year might be disappointed.
Apple has warned that there are delivery issues for the top-end iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max as the holiday season approaches.
The tech giant announced that the Covid restrictions in China have impacted its ability to keep up with the huge demand.
Much of the iPhone is assembled in China, but the country has a zero-Covid policy wreaking havoc for businesses.
Apple said the large facility it uses in Zhengzhou has “significantly reduced capacity” due to tight restrictions.
There’s no telling how long production delays could last as Christmas approaches, but the company anticipates the impact will be temporary.
At the moment Apple’s website in the UK gives an estimated delivery time of between December 7th and 14th.
The company has warned customers there will be longer wait times when purchasing iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max.
“As we have done throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we are prioritizing the health and safety of workers in our supply chain,” Apple said.
“We continue to see strong demand for the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max models.
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“However, we are now expecting fewer iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max shipments than 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 all workers.”
A source recently told Reuters that production could fall by up to 30 percent due to the restrictions in China.
The huge Foxconn factory, used by Apple to build iPhones, employs around 200,000 people.
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