Apple’s production line could once again be disrupted by China’s zero-tolerance policy. Several of the manufacturer’s subcontractors have had to temporarily suspend their activities in Shanghai due to cases of Covid-19 contamination, which has an impact on the delivery dates of MacBook Pros. And things should not get better on this front: the Zhengzhou health authorities have ordered a campaign of compulsory tests to be carried out in several places in the metropolis.
The Foxconn factory which produces the iPhone is precisely located in these test areas. The industrial giant indicated that operations on the site were proceeding normally, but nothing says that it will not have to close the doors if ever contamination is detected there. Unlike other countries like France, China does not seek to live with the Covid but to eliminate the virus, which can lead to drastic measures. Matthieu, our columnist from China, paid the price:
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Of course, if the local government so decides, Foxconn will have no choice but to abide by the rules. For Apple, it would be a blow, the iPhone representing the bulk of its sales, even if the period is a little calmer.