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Coronavirus gives boost to iPad sales even as production capacity is down


Added 02-24-20 08:31:03am EST - “The coronavirus may be hitting production of Apple products, including iPads, but it is reportedly giving an unexpected boost to iPad sales in China ...” - 9to5mac.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From 9to5mac.com: “Boost to iPad sales as coronavirus sees more work from home - 9to5Mac”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The coronavirus may be hitting production of Apple products, including iPads, but it is reportedly giving an unexpected boost to iPad sales in China …

Digitimes says that people staying home from work and study is increasing demand for tablets, to the extent of seeing some mild price-gouging on iPads.

Tablets demand in the China market is picking up inadvertently in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak that is fueling needs for remote work and learning, but their ODMs’ production are being impacted by shortages of raw materials, components and labor.

To prevent the spread of the virus, many office workers in China have been working from home. Numerous schools have also launched online teaching courses for students staying at home, stoking demand for tablets during the usually slow season for the device.

E-commerce platforms are now the main conduit for consumers to buy tablets as most physical stores can hardly resume normal operations, but as tablets have sold out on many of these online shopping platforms, their prices have also gone up.

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