Apple issues devastating warning to millions of iPhone fans just before Christmas | The Sun

ANYONE hoping to find a brand new iPhone under the Christmas tree this year could be in for disappointment.

Apple has warned that it's having supply issues for the top end iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max right before the festive season.

The tech giant revealed that Covid restrictions in China have hit its ability to keep up with huge demand.

Much of the iPhone is assembled in China, but the country has a zero Covid policy creating havoc for businesses.

Apple said the major facility it uses in Zhengzhou has "significantly reduced capacity" as a result of tough restrictions.

There's no telling how long it could cause production delays as Christmas edges closer, but the firm said it expects the impact to be temporary.

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At the moment in the UK, Apple's website gives an estimated delivery time of between Dec 7 and Dec 14.

The company has warned customers there will be longer wait times for any iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max purchases.

"As we have done throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we are prioritizing the health and safety of the workers in our supply chain," Apple said.

"We continue to see strong demand for iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max models.

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"However, we now expect lower iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max shipments than we previously anticipated and customers will experience longer wait times to receive their new products.

"We are working closely with our supplier to return to normal production levels while ensuring the health and safety of every worker."

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A source recently told Reuters that production could drop by as much as 30 per cent due to China's curbs.

The massive Foxconn factory used by Apple to build iPhones employs around 200,000 people.

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