IPhone Production in India Suspended Over Coronavirus Lockdown

Joanna Estrada
March 26, 2020

Apple is also allegedly concerned that the current economic and health situation might lead consumers to delay plans to upgrade their phones. "They need the first ‌5G iPhone‌ to be a hit".

The Cupertino, California, company is monitoring outbreaks in Europe and the United States, its two largest markets.

Many of its employees are working from home including those at its Silicon Valley headquarters which is under a "shelter in place" order which restricts all non essential outings in several California counties.

Nikkei He says that the engineering development of the iPhone 2020 lineup has been affected by travel restrictions to the United States, China and elsewhere. The company supposedly planned to build more concrete prototypes in collaboration with suppliers starting in early March. Such an unprecedented delay would signal that Apple believes the economy won't recover as quickly as everyone hopes. The iPhone 9, for example, which has not yet been officially announced and is expected to be a low-priced version of the company's cell phone line, would be in a critical phase of mass production of new units this month. The company's new plant in the country was preparing for assembly of printed circuit boards (PCBs) for iPhones, beginning in April. "The change was made very recently, and that could imply that the mass production of the phone could also be delayed for months". That would certainly throw a wrench in Apple's product roadmap release schedule.

The worst-case scenario could see Apple postponing the 5G iPhone launch until 2021.

Apple's main assembly partner, Foxconn, has been manufacturing iPhone X models in the county since previous year. All models are expected to have 5G capabilities and A14 chips, and high-end models are expected to be equipped with new 3D camera systems like the LiDAR scanner on the new iPad Pro models.

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