The situation may adversely affect the launch of iPhone SE 2.
A respected analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo, predicted a drop in iPhone shipments in the first quarter of 2020 amid an outbreak of coronavirus in Wuhan. According to him, they will decrease by 10% – up to 36-40 million devices.
The second quarter, according to Kuo, is difficult to predict – it all depends on how the situation with the epidemic develops. In the first half of the year, the entire smartphone market can suffer greatly.
Kuo previously said that Apple should expect the release of iPhone SE 2 at the beginning of the year, but now shipments are likely to be severely limited due to the fact that the company will not be able to start mass production on time. It can also complicate the production of the iPhone 11.
Previously, Apple closed all of its retail stores and offices in mainland China until February 9 due to the coronavirus epidemic.
Earlier it became known that other companies whose production is located in China, Xiaomi, Huawei, Vivo, Realme and ZTE, decided to suspend deliveries.
The total supply of smartphones from China decreased by 60% during the New Year holidays.