SAN FRANCISCO/TAIPEI (Reuters) – Travel restrictions to China because of the coronavirus have come just as Apple Inc’s (AAPL.O) engineers usually jet off to Asia to perfect the production of this fall’s new iPhones, former employees and supply chain experts told Reuters.
FILE PHOTO: People wearing protective masks wait for checking their temperature in an Apple Store, in Shanghai, China, as the country is hit by an outbreak of the novel coronavirus, February 21, 2020. REUTERS/Aly Song/File Photo
High-volume manufacturing is not scheduled until summer, but the first months of the year are when Apple irons out assembly processes with partners such as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co’s (2317.TW) Foxconn, two former Apple employees said.
“They probably have one assembly line they’re trying things out on,” said one of the former employees who asked not to be named discussing production matters.
“Are Apple’s engineers with the Foxconn engineers? If they are, they’re…
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