What you need to know
- Some Apple suppliers have been forced to stop production amid an energy crisis in China.
- Eson Precision Engineering, an affiliate of Foxconn, has paused production for almost a week.
- Energy costs are rising in the country amid a crackdown on consumption.
Some of Apple's suppliers are currently shutting down manufacturing operations amid a Chinese energy crisis that has seen prices increase and the government initiate a crackdown on consumption. This comes just days after Apple put the best iPhone ever on sale and needs its supply chain running as smoothly as possible.
According to a new Nikkei report, one of Apple's suppliers has stopped production and won't come back online until the end of the week.
Another supplier, Unimicron Technology, has stopped production in two cities until the end of the month. It plans to increase capacity at other plants to try and compensate for the downturn in production.
However, Pegatron, a hugely important iPhone assembler, says that it has not been affected by the recent moves.
The issue stems from increasing gas and coal prices, with the government keen to also reduce the amount of energy that is being used, according to the report.
It isn't immediately clear whether any of this will have a direct impact on APple\s manufacturing plans. The company recently released the new iPhone 13 lineup while new iPad and iPad mini tablets were also introduced. The upcoming Apple Watch Series 7 launch is also set to take place within the next few weeks, too.
Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.
Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.
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