China puts Apple factory under COVID lockdown ahead of iPhone 14 release

iPhone 13 Pro models on display in an Apple Store
iPhone 13 Pro models on display in an Apple Store (Image credit: Apple)

Apple is expected to announce the iPhone 14 lineup at an event in September that is likely to kick off in less than two months. While production on the latest models is surely underway, one of its partner's plants in China is being put under COVID lockdown.

As reported by Bloomberg, Foxconn, which manufactures most of Apple's iPhone lineup, is one of the companies in Shenzhen that has been put on a more restricted COVID lockdown in response to a rise in cases.

The Chinese government has forced Foxconn and others to operate under a "closed loop" system for at least a week as the manufacturing hub experiences its latest COVID-19 outbreak.

What does a "closed loop" system mean?

Foxconn isn't the only company that is being forced to operate under a "closed loop." BYD Co., Huawei Technologies Co., ZTE Corp, and DJI are some of the other companies impacted by the new restrictions.

The order forces companies in the area to "restrict operations only to employees living within a closed loop or bubble, with little to no contact with people beyond their plants or offices." This isn't the first time that China has made such a decision and also not the first time Apple's manufacturing partners haven't had to work around it.

Despite the increased restrictions, the impact on iPhone 14 production does not seem to be significant so far. According to a Foxconn spokesperson, the company's operations at its Shenzhen plants “remained normal.” The report also notes that the plant in the area is quite small when compared to other sites like the one in Zhengzhou.

Apple is expected to announce the iPhone 14 lineup in September. The company is also anticipating a reveal of the Apple Watch Series 8 and second-generation AirPods Pro.

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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.