Coronavirus Throws Apple, iPhone for a Loop

Plants have reopened, but second-quarter results will take a hit
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 17, 2020 7:05 PM CST
Updated Feb 18, 2020 12:44 AM CST
Outbreak Cuts Into iPhone Production
Employees wear face masks last week in a reopened Apple Store in Beijing.   (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)

Apple is warning investors that it won't meet its second-quarter financial guidance because the viral outbreak in China has cut production of iPhones. The company based in Cupertino, Calif., said Monday that all of its iPhone manufacturing facilities are outside Hubei province, the epicenter of the outbreak, and all have been reopened. But the company said production is ramping up slowly, the AP reports. "The health and well-being of every person who helps make these products possible is our paramount priority, and we are working in close consultation with our suppliers and public health experts as this ramp continues," Apple said in a statement. The death toll from COVID-19, a disease caused by the new coronavirus, was 1,770 as of Monday.

Apple says demand for iPhones is also down in China because many of Apple's 42 retail stores there are closed or operating with reduced hours. China is Apple's third-largest retail market for iPhones, after the US and Europe. Outside China, Apple said iPhone demand has been strong and is in line with the company's expectations. On Jan. 28, Apple said it expected second-quarter revenue between $63 billion and $67 billion. Apple's second quarter ends March 30. Apple says that the situation is evolving and that it will provide more information on its next earnings call in April.

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