Apple iPhone and MacBook shipment may be delayed due to lockdowns in key areas.

China has seen yet another increase in COVID-19 cases. Many cities have been placed under lockdown to try and stop the spread. Recent reports have indicated that Apple’s key suppliers of Apple iPhones and MacBooks had been forced to temporarily suspend operations. This lockdown and restrictions will also affect production at Foxconn’s main iPhone plant.

According to a report from Bloomberg recently, Zhengzhou in China implemented lockdowns close to Foxconn’s major iPhone production facilities. The move will likely impact Apple’s supply chains. In recent days, Apple required all employees to undergo mandatory COVID testing.

How will it affect Apple Suppliers in China?

According to Reuters recent lockdowns may result in the theft of between 6 and 10 million iPhones. These restrictions were implemented in Shanghai, Kunshan and other places that Quanta and Pegatron operate. This could lead to a huge shortage of iPhones in the millions. This Pegatron plant produces the iPhone 13 and the iPhone SE series. It also makes other legacy models. Three-quarters worldwide of Apple’s Macbooks are manufactured at the Quanta facility.

Experts believe that Apple has the option of reroute production from Shanghai and Kunshan into factories in Shenzhen. This is currently not locked down. Unknown to many, Shanghai has entered its third week under lockdown. There is currently no information on reopening.

Analysts reveal that Apple’s final effect on its supply chain will depend on many factors, including the length of lockdowns. According to Forrest Chen (search manager, Trendforce to Reuters), “If the lockdown continues for more than two months there will be no recovery.” After lockdown lifting, the supply of end-users will be in short supply.

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China has seen yet another increase in COVID-19 cases. Many cities have been put under lockdown to try and stop the spread. Recent reports have indicated that Apple’s key suppliers of Apple iPhones and MacBooks had been forced to temporarily suspend operations. This lockdown and restrictions will also affect production at Fox