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China's coronavirus might disrupt Apple's production plans for the iPhone


Added 01-28-20 05:14:02am EST - “The virus has hit just as Apple was preparing to start manufacturing a new smaller, cheaper iPhone model.” - Businessinsider.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Businessinsider.com: “China's coronavirus might disrupt Apple's production plans for the iPhone”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

It looks like the rapid spread of the coronavirus in China could sting Apple's iPhone supply chain, according to a report from Nikkei Asian Review.

An anonymous supply chain executive told Nikkei the coronavirus — the current death toll for which stands at 106 at the time of writing — could make meeting production deadlines difficult.

"The [coronavirus] situation in China could affect the planned production schedule," said the executive.

Apple is reportedly gearing up to start manufacturing a new model of iPhone that's smaller and cheaper than the current generation, with rumors circulating that the new model will have a 5.4-inch screen and come out in fall of 2020. 

But the new more affordable iPhone could be hit by the disruption, with two sources telling Nikkei that although production was meant to start in the third week of February, that could change due to the outbreak.

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