Although the coronavirus still kills thousands, Foxconn and other Apple vendors plan to reopen their factories on February 10.
Foxconn denied yesterday's news of a prolonged outage, adding that production and all operations would resume on February 10. Other Apple suppliers such as Quanta, LG Display and Inventec are also expected to do the same, experiencing major problems for the production of iPhone and other devices.
With the exception of new measures taken by the Chinese government, production of Apple products will continue without any particular interruption. Obviously, there is always the risk that the coronavirus will continue to spread, forcing the authorities to block all activities after February 10. However, official information is that as of this date, there should no longer be special prohibitions for Chinese companies.
Among other things, Foxconn has so far managed to contain the impact of the forced closure also through the transfer of production to its factories in India, Mexico and Vietnam. If the blockade continues, the company plans to compensate for the delays by activating extraordinary measures in factories outside of China.
For its part, Apple has decided to close all its stores in China and limit its activities in the country.