World's largest iPhone factory operational despite COVID lockdowns

Apple Iphone Ipad Availability Beijing Iphone 13 Pro Close Up
Apple Iphone Ipad Availability Beijing Iphone 13 Pro Close Up (Image credit: Apple)

What you need to know

  • COVID lockdowns are continuing to impact China.
  • A new report says that the world's largest iPhone assembly plant continues to operate normally.
  • Some 200,000 workers are operating at Foxconn's Zhengzhou plant.

A new report says Apple's largest iPhone plant continues to operate normally in China despite lockdowns and COVID testing.

From Bloomberg:

The world's biggest iPhone assembly campus, on the outskirts of the central Chinese city of Zhengzhou, is operating normally despite lockdowns and mass Covid-19 testing in the area that began last week, the official Henan Daily reported.

Quarantines have been in force since Friday and a fresh round of testing began on Monday. However, the newspaper said that production was "proceeding well" with 200,000 workers on site.

The return of mandatory COVID tests emerged last week, prompting concern over the supply of Apple's best iPhones, the iPhone 13 and iPhone 12.

It has already been confirmed that the supply of the new MacBook Pro (2021) will be impacted by the shutdown of one supplier. Meanwhile, the iPhone SE is also seeing production disruption due to lockdowns impacting Pegatron. However, supply chain insider and analyst Ming-Chi Kuo states that this won't impact Apple because it has plenty of stock of the iPhone SE, citing "lackluster" demand for the phone.

China's President Xi Jinping last week emphasized the importance of a zero-tolerance approach to COVID that has angered the public. Factories across China in places like Shanghai and Kunshan have been forced to shutter as a result. At least one factory has kept operations running by having its staff sleep on-site so they aren't exposed to the virus.

Stephen Warwick
News Editor

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. Follow him on Twitter @stephenwarwick9