COVID-19 Restrictions in Shanghai Affect iPhone and MacBook Manufacturing

COVID-19 Restrictions in Shanghai Affect iPhone and MacBook Manufacturing

Pegatron, Quanta and Compal are subject to the local lockdown. They manufacture iPhones, MacBooks and iPads for Apple. At the moment, however, delivery times for the MacBook Pro with 14- and 16-inch displays are being extended.

The current lockdown measures to combat the Corona pandemic in Shanghai also affect three important Apple suppliers. As Nikkei Asia reports, they now had to stop their production, which could lead to delivery delays for iPhones, iPads and MacBooks.

Among others, Pegatron, Quanta and Compal had to close production facilities in Shanghai as part of the new lockdown. Pegatron is reported to be responsible for 20 to 30 per cent of iPhone production. Quanta, meanwhile, assembles MacBooks for Apple and Compal is in charge of assembling iPads.

Pegatron told Nikkei Asia that it hoped to resume production soon. Back in March, Foxconn, Apple’s main iPhone manufacturing plant, suspended production for several days to combat rising COVID-19 infection levels.

As Bloomberg reports, delivery times for some MacBook models are already being extended. The most expensive variant of the MacBook Pro with a 16-inch display, for example, is currently only available in this country – and also in the USA – in mid-June. For the 14-inch model, Apple promises delivery from the end of May. Other models, such as the 13-inch MacBook Pro, should arrive directly after Easter if ordered around mid of April.

There is currently no statement from Apple. However, the company could comment on the issue later this month during the presentation of its first quarter key figures. Apple will present its results for the second fiscal quarter of 2022 on 28 April after the market closes.