What you need to know
- Apple’s largest iPhone manufacturing site has expienced some flooding.
- Workers at the Foxconn facility said that the damage appears to be limited.
The damage does not appear to have set back production by much.
The flooding in central China has temporarily affected Apple’s largest iPhone manufacturing site.
As reported by The Wall Street Journal, Foxconn has been impacted by flooding with temporarily cut power to production. Workers at the production center say, however, that the damage appears to be limited.
The damage to the manufacturing hub in Zhengzhou city, Henan province, however, appeared limited, the workers said. Taiwan-based Foxconn Technology Group operates three factories in the city with hundreds of thousands of workers—many of them living on factory campuses—producing more than half the world’s iPhones, according to analysts.
Foxconn said that it has implemented an emergency response plan for flood control but there had been no direct impact to its facilities from the flooding.
Despite the flooding, it appears that production on Apple’s upcoming iPhones is right on schedule for its usual September release. A report from earlier today said that mass production of the iPhone 13 lineup is on target for Apple’s pre-pandemic release schedule.
Mass production of this year’s new iPhones is also set to begin in August, in line with Apple’s usual pre-pandemic production schedule. Apple could produce as many 95 million units between then and the end of January, though sources stressed that such forecasts are subject to review. For all of 2021, Apple aims to build up to 230 million iPhones, including both the existing and new models, an 11% growth from last year, sources told Nikkei Asia.
Apple is expected to announce the new iPhone 13 in September. The latest iPhone is expected to feature a new 120Hz display, smaller notch, upgraded battery life, and enormous camera system.
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