Apple Says iPhone Global Supplies Marred By Coronavirus

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Apple Says iPhone Global Supplies Marred By Corona
Apple on Monday became one of the first companies to warn of disruption caused by the novel coronavirus in China, saying the virus is threatening its production and sales forecast and the “worldwide iPhone supply will be temporarily constrained”.

A month ago, the company had projected its sales expectations to be robust.

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“Work is starting to resume around the country, but we are experiencing a slower return to normal conditions than we had anticipated. As a result, we do not expect to meet the revenue guidance we provided for the March quarter due to two main factors,” Apple said in a statement.

“The first is that worldwide iPhone supply will be temporarily constrained. While our iPhone manufacturing partner sites are located outside the Hubei province — and while all of these facilities have reopened — they are ramping up more slowly than we had anticipated.

"The health and well-being of every person who helps make these products possible is our paramount priority, and we are working in close consultation with our suppliers and public health experts as this ramp continues. These iPhone supply shortages will temporarily affect revenues worldwide,” the statement read.

“The second is that demand for our products within China has been affected. All of our stores in China and many of our partner stores have been closed. Additionally, stores that are open have been operating at reduced hours and with very low customer traffic. We are gradually reopening our retail stores and will continue to do so as steadily and safely as we can. Our corporate offices and contact centers in China are open, and our online stores have remained open throughout.

In China alone, the death toll from coronavirus has reached 1,873 and the number of confirmed cases stood at 73,325.

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