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COVID-19: Coronavirus Impact on iOS devices & WWDC

Coronavirus Impact on iOS devices & WWDC
Written by Hassan Abbas

Do you know the Coronavirus Impact on iOS devices? Since January the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak spreading all around the world. Also, it puts a great impact on Apple’s device production. Also, it affects the device sales in affected countries like Italy, China, South Korea, and now, the United States.

The Coronavirus continues to move through the US and other countries. Also, it leads to production and supply issues for a few months and caused WWDC to be held as a digital-only event for the first time. Our article covers everything related to COVID-19’s impact on Apple.

Coronavirus Review:

SARS-CoV-2 is a virus in the coronavirus family that occurred in Wuhan, China in December of 2019. However, the causes and its illness is COVID-19. We all believed that the virus comes from the seafood market where all animal meats were sold. All the Chinese scientists recommend that it may originate elsewhere and then spread in the market and then all over the country.

Genetically, SARS-CoV-2 similarity to coronaviruses in bats. The virus is originated from, also researchers believe a secondary animal like a pangolin who was also involved in the transmission.

Coronavirus Impact on iOS devices & WWDC

What is SARS-CoV-2?

Well, it is known as a coronavirus due to its shape. Its shape is circular having sticking club-shaped spike poplars that seem quite similar to the corona aura.

Symptoms Of Coronavirus:

Here are the symptoms of COVID-19:

  • Respiratory tract infections
  • Mild issues quite similar to cold, rarer versions are more dangerous
  • Fever
  • A dry cough
  • Shortness of breath.

The virus spreads all over 95,000 people and killed more than 4,000, people in China. Also, It spreads to over 50 countries around the world. It includes the United States, and in the U.S. specifically. In all countries, there have been cases of community transmission, where medical professionals don’t know how the virus transmitted.

Many youngsters who contract COVID-19 recover from it. But it new that’s why many unknowns and older people who already suffer from respiratory issues have not progressed as well. There are also don’t know that it transfers from person to person.

Coronavirus Impact on iOS Devices (Apple’s Device Sales)

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The news of coronavirus spread late in January and infection numbers began to rise. Apple closes all corporate offices, retail stores, and contact centers in China for two or more weeks.

So many stores begin to reopen in late February. But there is still some store that remained closed into March. However, other stores reopened in February are operating on limited hours. From 13 March all stores are reopened for fewer hours than normal.

Also, government force travel bans and quarantines, and the public’s fear impact less foot traffic in stores in China.

When all stores close in China, Apple also closes all other retail stores in the United States and other countries on March 14. Make sure, these stores remain closed and can’t open. As Apple said that it plans to starts reopening stores on a stumble basis in the mid of April.

COVID-19 Impact on Apple’s Device Production

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Many of Apple’s suppliers in China stop production for a few weeks in early February. However, iPhone suppliers such as Pegatron and Foxconn were closed for quite some time. Due to the spread of COVID-19 at a supplier campus. On that campus all workers live in close quarters would be overwhelming.

Apple’s factories were running by the first half too late February for the most part. But travel limitation from heavily affected areas in China, optional quarantines, and low labor return rates led to delays with factories ranging up to full production. COVID-19 spread in new countries like South Korea also led to factory closures.

Supplier problems have already led to some Apple products having long ship times. It includes build-to-order versions of the Mac and iMac series. Also, it’s an issue problem in later months as existing component supplies reduce.

Analysts have limited their estimated device shipments for the mid of 2020 because of the COVID-19. Also, the impact of the COVID-19 in the remaining 2020 remains to be seen.

Probably Apple plans to move forward with the release of the rumored low-cost iPhone that’s might be expected in March. But it’s possible there could be some supply problems.

Apple also implements travel limitations for its employees. However, Apple employees can’t travel to China to start the preparation process. But in February, Apple employees might be travel to China to start their manufacturing processes with partners like Foxconn. Also, the delays or hold-up have the power to eat into the time that Apple wants to complete orders for chips and other ‌iPhone‌ components. At this time, we don’t know that the COVID-19 outbreak is going to impact the release of the iPhone 12.

Apple’s Reaction toward Coronavirus

In January Apple announce to donate money to groups suffering from COVID-19. Tim Cook said that the donation is more than double the company’s donation.

As mentioned earlier, Apple temporarily closed all offices and retail stores in China due to the outbreak. But now these offices and stores are in the process of reopening. In the US, Apple asked all of its employees to work from home where possible. Also, Apple provides sick leave to any employee that is suffering from the coronavirus. Apple closes all stores in the United States and China.

March Revenue Cuts

In mid-February Apple announced its financial guidance for the March quarter would fall short because of the COVID-19 outbreak. Apple said it expected to view the revenue of $63 to $67 billion in the middle of March. But that, not the achievement or goal the company will be able to meet.

Apple mentions lower customer demand in China and ‌iPhone‌ supplies all over the world as the factors leading to lower than expected revenue. We don’t know the whole extent of the COVID-19 impact on sales.

Apple Stock

Apple’s stock has been changing wildly because of the doubt caused by the spread of Coronavirus. On 16 February, Apple’s stock hit the high price of $327.20, but by 28 February, it falls down as low as the $260s. But on 2 March, it was recovered to $298 a share. But by 13 March, it again falls down as low as $259 a share, falling further on 25 March to $245 a share.

COVID-19 & WWDC

Coronavirus Impact on iOS devices

We all know that coronavirus now spread all over the world. Many enterprises canceling big events that would view people gathering in huge numbers. Apple also picks to holds its WWDC 2020 event for the first time with no physical gathering because of the ongoing spread of the COVID-19 all over the world. In June the online-only event will take place.

According to Apple, the online WWDC event will be “packed with content” for the press, consumers, and developers alike. Tons of innovative and creative developers will be provided with early access to the latest software. However, it will be able to take part in Apple engineers.

According to Phil Schiller (Apple Senior Vice President Of Worldwide Marketing):

“This June we also deliver WWDC 2020‌ in an innovative way to tons of developers around the world. It brings the whole developer community with a brand new experience.”

“The current health situation has needed that we create a brand new ‌WWDC 2020‌ format that delivers a full program using an online keynote and sessions. Also, it offers a great learning experience for our whole developer community all over the world. Also, we share all the details in the weeks ahead.”

Apple also makes new information on the upcoming operating systems and developer sessions available through the Apple Developer website. Also, on the dedicated WWDC app for ‌iPad, iPhone‌, and Apple TV. As it is unclear at this time if there will be a paid component.

Apple decides to provide extra or additional information about the event between now and June via email.

As no event happening in San Jose. Apple provides the guarantee to donate $1 million to local San Jose organizations. Just to cover the associated revenue loss as a result of ‌WWDC 2020‌’s online format.

Conclusion:

Here a complete review on Coronavirus Impact on iOS devices. Coronavirus puts a great impact on iOS devices and WWDC. Do you have any questions or queries regarding COVID-19 impact on Apple? Let us know in the comment section below!

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About the author

Hassan Abbas

Tech enthusiast with too many items on his wish-list and not nearly enough money! Specializing in all things tech, with a slight Apple bent he has been writing for various blogs for the best part of (too many) years

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