Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak is affecting iPhone supplies in China. As a result, Apple lowered its iPhone shipment forecast for the first quarter of 2020 by 10% to 36-40 million units.
Additionally, multiple reports suggest that the assembly of the rumored “iPhone 9” or “iPhone SE 2” could be disrupted. The lower-cost device is expected to be a revamped version of the iPhone 8, with mass production expected to begin in February ahead of its March release. Apple could still release the device in March, but initial supplies may be limited until production ramps up.
With smartphone shipments in the Chinese market down 50-60% year-on-year during the Lunar New Year holiday, Apple, out of an abundance of caution, said it closed its mainland China operations until at least February 9 due to the coronavirus outbreak. All corporate offices, stores and contact centres.