What you need to know
- Apple is reportedly moving some of its production to Taiwan.
- Production of iPads, Apple Watches and AirPods is being shifted.
- It is reported that Apple is trying to diversify its supply chain due to the spread of the virus.
A report suggests that Apple is shifting production of several of its products away from China to Taiwan as it looks to cope with concerns over the spread of the coronavirus, COVID-19.
According to Taiwan News:
The report further notes that it is estimated that one-third of China's production lines could lay idle in the first quarter of the year and that a return to normal production will not be possible before February, or even the first 10 days of March.
Recent reports suggest that as the coronavirus continues to impact iPhone production, supply may not return to normal until April. With Apple rumored to be launching a new iPhone in March of 2020, the impact on the supply of that device remains unclear.
Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design.
Before becoming a writer Stephen studied Ancient History at University and also worked at Apple for more than two years. Stephen is also a host on the iMore show, a weekly podcast recorded live that discusses the latest in breaking Apple news, as well as featuring fun trivia about all things Apple.
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