Apple suspends iPhone production in India due to lockdown

  • Apple suspends iPhone production in India due to lockdown

Apple suspends iPhone production in India due to lockdown

Apple's iPhone factories in India are closing temporarily, after the Indian government ordered the country's population of 1.3 billion people to stay at home for at least three weeks in a bid to reduce the spread of coronavirus. The measure is part of the fight against the pandemic of the new Coronavirus (COVID-19) and follows a determination by the country's prime minister, Narendra Modi.

Foxconn has chose to suspend production until the 14th of April 2020 and it will start up again depending on what the Indian government decides.

While Foxconn has confirmed to suspend its operations until April 14, a representative from Wistron has also confirmed the shutdown without giving any broad details. "For a few days forget what it means to go out". The decision comes after PM Narender Modi announced a nationwide lockdown on Tuesday evening.

Travel restrictions allegedly have hindered the company's ability to get prototypes into the hands of manufacturers, who have been asked to hold off on mass production until further notice.

"We have been notified to start shipping in high volumes to meet Apple's new product launch in late August, rather than in previous years, when it would be sometime in June", said a related component supplier. with printed circuit boards.

Wistron's other Indian plant, located in central Bengaluru, has been assembling ‌‌iPhone‌‌ SE, ‌‌iPhone‌‌ 6S and ‌‌iPhone‌‌ 7 models since 2017.

Many of its employees are working from home including those at its Silicon Valley headquarters which is under a "shelter in place" order which restricts all non essential outings in several California counties.

The closures come when Apple was just amping up efforts to bring online and in-store sales to customers in India for the first time.