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Travel Restrictions on Apple Employees may Delay iPhone 12 Launch

Apple's travel restrictions may the development and launch of iPhone 12

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Apple's restrictions on its engineers from travelling to Asia due to coronavirus has affected the development of its next-generation iPhone 12. Pixabay

Apple’s restrictions on its engineers from travelling to Asia due to coronavirus has affected the development of its next-generation iPhone 12 which could result in a delayed fall launch. This is the latest news.

The Cupertino-based tech giant has extended the deadline by one month to the end of April for its engineers from making business trips to Asia. These restrictions have delayed the engineering verification tests (EVTs) for the 5G iPhones at manufacturing facilities in China, Digi Times reported recently.

Apple’s travel restrictions were first reported late last month.

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Apple said in February that its revenue for the current quarter would be below its forecasts and that the worldwide iPhone supply will be temporarily constrained. Pixabay

Meanwhile, leading contract electronics maker Foxconn is gradually resuming production capacity at its major manufacturing base at Zhengzhou in China’s Henan province.

Its production in the Zhengzhou Airport Economy Zone had slowed due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in January, affecting the international supply chain.

Apple said in February that its revenue for the current quarter would be below its forecasts and that the worldwide iPhone supply “will be temporarily constrained” because of the consequences of the COVID-19 epidemic.

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With help from the local authorities, Foxconn’s Zhengzhou production base, which had only 1,800 employees left behind during the Spring Festival at the end of January, now has around 80,000 people on post, approaching the employment level in the same period in previous years. (IANS)

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Retailers in China Offer Discounts on Apple’s iPhone 11 Lineup

Apple originally expected to see revenue of $63 to $67 billion in the March quarter, but that number is likely to be much lower. Apple's quarterly earnings statement will be released on April 30

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According to Chinese media outlet National Business Daily, the iPhone maker had no comment when asked whether the price cuts were authorized by the company or not. Pixabay

Multiple third-party resellers in China are offering discounts on the iPhone 11 lineup in an attempt to bolster demand during a time when consumer confidence and spending is low due to new coronavirus pandemic.

On JD.com, the 64GB version of the basic iPhone 11 now costs 4,999 yuan (US$708), 500 yuan (US$70) cheaper than the original price, reports the South China Morning Post. The more expensive iPhone 11 Pro has an even steeper price cut that shaves off 1,200 yuan (US$170). And the top-tier iPhone 11 Pro Max is selling for a whopping 1,600 yuan (US$227) off.

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The same price cuts can be found on electronics retailers Suning and Guomei. However, Apple’s official website in China has not cut the price. According to Chinese media outlet National Business Daily, the iPhone maker had no comment when asked whether the price cuts were authorized by the company or not.

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Multiple third-party resellers in China are offering discounts on the iPhone 11 lineup in an attempt to bolster demand during a time when consumer confidence and spending is low due to new coronavirus pandemic. Wikimedia Commons

The Cupertino based tech giant has already warned that coronavirus pandemic will affect its business in the January-March quarter as worldwide iPhone supply will be temporarily constrained. In an investor update in February, the tech giant said it no longer expects to meet the revenue guidance it provided for the upcoming quarter.

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Apple originally expected to see revenue of $63 to $67 billion in the March quarter, but that number is likely to be much lower. Apple’s quarterly earnings statement will be released on April 30. (IANS)