Due to temporary COVID-19 restrictions at the main Foxconn factory in Zhengzhou, China, where the devices are assembled, Apple said today that it expects lower shipments of the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max than the company had previously assumed.
A press release posted on the Apple Newsroom website shared the warning:
The primary iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max assembly facility in Zhengzhou, China, has temporarily been affected by COVID-19 restrictions. The building is currently using only a small portion of its capacity. We health prioritize the safety of the workers in our supply chain, as we have done throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
The iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max models are still in high demand. But compared to what we had previously expected, fewer iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max shipments are now expected. The time it takes for customers to receive their new products will increase.
To resume normal production levels while ensuring every employee’s health and safety, we are closely collaborating with our supplier.
According to a report published last week, the limitations could cause iPhone production at the Foxconn factory to be 30% lower than usual.
According to Apple, customers will have to wait longer to receive their orders of the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max due to the supply chain’s diminished capacity. According to Apple’s online store in the US, the devices should arrive in 3–4 weeks.
Following an outbreak of COVID-19 on November 2, the Chinese government imposed a one-week lockdown on the industrial area where the Foxconn factory is located.