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Exclusive: Apple orders for 45m AirPods at risk from coronavirus

Aggressive production plan in doubt as labor and materials shortages loom

Apple's three AirPods suppliers have at most two weeks' worth of materials and components needed for assembly, sources said.

TAIPEI -- Apple's plan to drastically ramp up AirPods production is under threat from the coronavirus outbreak, which has forced suppliers in China to halt operations for two weeks and could leave them short of components even after work resumes on Monday, multiple sources told the Nikkei Asian Review.

The U.S. tech giant had ordered its suppliers to produce up to 45 million units in the first half of the year to keep up with surging demand for the wireless earphones.

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