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Apple warns of iPhone delays after China COVID curbs

Production capacity 'significantly' lower as supplier Foxconn lowers outlook

China's strict COVID curbs have hit production of the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max in Zhengzhou, China. (Photo by Suzu Takahashi)

TAIPEI -- Apple has warned it will ship fewer premium iPhones and customers will face longer waits for products after strict COVID-19 curbs disrupted production at a key factory in China.

Apple confirmed that the facility in Zhengzhou is operating at "significantly" lower capacity as COVID-related restrictions affected assembly of the premium iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max. Key supplier Foxconn has had to run the facility under tighter restrictions, including daily testing and limitations on staff movements, following a local COVID outbreak in late October.

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