iPhone production in India is going to be affected following a nationwide lockdown order from the Indian government. Apple’s supply chain partners Foxconn and Wistron have temporarily shut down their factories in the country to comply with the demand. They are expected to shut down their factories until April 14 to comply with the order.
Samsung, Vivo, and other OEMs have also shut down their smartphone manufacturing units as per the government order. All non-essential services and factories will be shut in India for the next 21 days. This means that all retail stores selling electronic items will also be closed during this period. Apple offices in India have also been shut down following the government orders. Most employees were already working from home over the last few days as the COVID-19 outbreak in the country led the government to take some stringent actions.
Previously, Foxconn had to shut down its factories assembling iPhones in China due to the virus outbreak in that country. Things are getting back to normal in China now though, with Foxconn expecting full production to resume by the end of this month. However, as things go back to normal in China, the virus outbreak has now spread worldwide. This has led to a number of countries shutting down their international borders. Apple has also closed down all of its retail stores outside of China. It had initially closed them until March 27 but it is now considering re-opening them in a phased manner only from mid-April.[Via Bloomberg]