The Tame Apple Press breathed a sigh of relief as it feared that Apple makes shedloads of iPhones in Kunshan through its Foxconn partner. There were fears that Apple fanboys may not be able to purchase their favourite shiny toy while China was still cracking down on Covid. In fact, Foxconn does not make iPhones at all in Kunshan.
Foxconn Interconnect Technology, which makes data transmission equipment and connectors, will remain closed until the Kunshun authorities give permission to restart.
"As production has previously been deployed to backup factories, the factory's main products are located in overseas shipping warehouse and inventory levels are still sufficient, the impact on the company's business is limited," Foxconn said in a statement.
China has put Shanghai under a tight lockdown since late March and neighbouring Kunshan has also tightened curbs to control the country's biggest COVID-19 outbreak since the coronavirus was discovered in late 2019 in the city of Wuhan.
That had caused dozens of Taiwanese firms, many making parts for the semiconductor and electronics industries, to suspend operations.