Apple has issued a brief statement today announcing it will be closing all its physical stores, corporate offices and contact centers in Mainland China. The move will start at the end of the next week. You’ll probably know why Apple is doing such a thing. Unless that you’ve been living in a cave, you’ll know that there’s a huge Coronavirus Outbreak ongoing in China.
According to Apple, the move has been motivated by “an abundance of caution and based on the latest advice from leading health experts”, the move aims to limit the exposure of company employees to the virus outbreak. If you need to buy any of Apple products you can still get them via the online store in China.
The Coronavirus Outbreak will affect the production of Apple iPhone 11, AirPods Pro and the unreleased iPhone 9.
According to reports, the coronavirus situation might disrupt the production of the rumored iPhone 9. But that isn’t everything. The latest AirPods, as well as the iPhone 11 production, will also be affected by the disruption in the supply chain. Apple’s key partner Foxconn denied those rumors, assuring that they will continue to meet all global manufacturing obligations.
As per the iPhone 9 reports, the smartphone will go in mass production next month. The new compact cheaper iPhone will go official sometime in March. Let’s see if Apple will be able to comply with its own agenda.