The Spread of Coronavirus May Impact AirPods Production

  • The deadly Coronavirus outbreak is said to have stopped all operations for a couple of weeks in China’s factories which, in turn, has severely impacted Apple’s AirPods supply chain.
  • This adds to a previous report from last week which predicted a similar outcome with the AirPods and the upcoming iPhone 9.
  • One of Apple’s suppliers, Inventec, is said to be unconcerned with the spread of the virus and is expected to open its factories on the 10th of February.

A new report mentions that stocks of Apple’s AirPods are currently shrinking rapidly while its suppliers are apparently concerned about a severe lack of labor as well as materials for the assembly of the AirPods. This adds to a previous report from last week which predicted a similar outcome with the AirPods and the upcoming iPhone 9 (initially known as the iPhone SE 2).

It’s no secret that Apple’s stocks of the AirPods Pro have already been depleted with several of its stores reporting it as out of stock or mentioning a wait time of around a month. It is said that Apple originally ordered 45 million units of the AirPods from its suppliers in China to meet the demand. However, the deadly Coronavirus outbreak is said to have stopped all operations for a couple of weeks which, in turn, has severely impacted the company’s supply chain.

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The report by Nikkei Asian Review adds that Apple’s key suppliers like Luxshare, Goertek, and Inventec are currently relying on component makers in China to restart production so the assembly line can start running again. Inventec, for example, is said to be unconcerned with the spread of the virus and is expected to open its factories on the 10th of February.

Workers in China are severely concerned about Coronavirus given how rapidly it can spread. This could be a nightmare scenario in an assembly line that houses thousands of employees within close proximity. It is believed that suppliers currently have two weeks’ worth of components for the assembly of AirPods.

Source: Nikkei Asian Review

Via: Apple Insider