Apple' largest iPhone production site has been hit with flooding

Foxconn workers
Foxconn workers (Image credit: Apple)

What you need to know

  • Apple's largest iPhone manufacturing site has expienced some flooding.
  • Workers at the Foxconn facility said that the damage appears to be limited.

The flooding in central China has temporarily affected Apple's largest iPhone manufacturing site.

As reported by The Wall Street Journal, Foxconn has been impacted by flooding with temporarily cut power to production. Workers at the production center say, however, that the damage appears to be limited.

The damage to the manufacturing hub in Zhengzhou city, Henan province, however, appeared limited, the workers said. Taiwan-based Foxconn Technology Group operates three factories in the city with hundreds of thousands of workers—many of them living on factory campuses—producing more than half the world's iPhones, according to analysts.Foxconn said that it has implemented an emergency response plan for flood control but there had been no direct impact to its facilities from the flooding.

Despite the flooding, it appears that production on Apple's upcoming iPhones is right on schedule for its usual September release. A report from earlier today said that mass production of the iPhone 13 lineup is on target for Apple's pre-pandemic release schedule.

Mass production of this year's new iPhones is also set to begin in August, in line with Apple's usual pre-pandemic production schedule. Apple could produce as many 95 million units between then and the end of January, though sources stressed that such forecasts are subject to review. For all of 2021, Apple aims to build up to 230 million iPhones, including both the existing and new models, an 11% growth from last year, sources told Nikkei Asia.

Apple is expected to announce the new iPhone 13 in September. The latest iPhone is expected to feature a new 120Hz display, smaller notch, upgraded battery life, and enormous camera system.

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Joe Wituschek

Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.