Although the production capacity of Foxconn's Zhengzhou and other factories is recovering, Apple also has to reconsider this year's iPhone 12 launch plan, because the epidemic affected the entire industrial chain.
According to the latest foreign media reports,Apple may delay the release of its next iPhone for a month or two. (this year, apple expects to have four iPhone 12 models, all supporting 5g networks.) , because of a series of factors, such as travel restrictions leading to problems in the production process, and work restrictions to deal with the new coronavirus crisis may lead to a slowdown in the growth of 5g network.
The outbreak of the new crown virus makes apple face a variety of challenges, such as the disruption of the manufacturing supply chain in China, and some countries have taken blocking measures to a large extent to curb the spread of the virus, resulting in uncertainty in the demand for high-end mobile phones.
The report said that the recent travel restrictions, EVT( engineering validation tests, currently scheduled for mid-april) and PVT((production validation tests) and trial production (currently scheduled for the end of june) across the globe faced bottlenecks, which limited the travel of apple engineers and could not be carried out within the scheduled time with foxconn.
Some analysts also pointed out that the blocking measures in the United States may cause operators to delay the construction of 5g network, which will affect the release time of 5g version of the new iPhone.
And no matter when apple will release its new model iPhone, the entire smartphone market is struggling with the outbreak. Global smartphone shipments fell 38 per cent year-on-year in February, the biggest one-month decline since the company began tracking the data in 2003, market research company Strategy Analytics estimates