It was observed that iPhone shipments could drop by 30% more than originally expected as workers continued to leave the Zhengzhou factory of Foxconn, Apple's largest supplier.

Citing sources, Taiwan's Central News Agency said, "Foxconn's iPhone shipments this month are expected to decline by up to 30 percent more than originally expected internally by the company."

"Large protests by workers at Foxconn's Zhengzhou factory could affect Apple's iPhone shipments this month," said Victoria Schaller, head of investment at Interactive Investor, an online investment platform in the UK.

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Best Buy, an American electronics retailer, predicted that "premium iPhones are expected to run out of stock during this year's holiday shopping season."

Bloomberg reported on the 7th that Apple plans to cut its production target for the iPhone 14 series this year by more than 3 million units than originally planned in the aftermath of the return of Foxconn Zhengzhou factory workers.

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Foxconn also changed its forecast for the fourth quarter from 'prudent but optimistic' to 'downgraded' due to production disruptions at its Zhengzhou plant.

The Foxconn Zhengzhou factory is known to produce 80% of the world's shipments of the iPhone 14 series.

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When Corona 19 broke out in this factory last month, workers who felt anxious broke through the restraints of quarantine agents and escaped en masse and returned to their hometowns.

The company recently hired 100,000 people and aimed to normalize operations at the end of this month, but these new workers also left the factory en masse after receiving 10,000 yuan (about 1.86 million won) per person after holding a large-scale protest on the 22nd over wage issues. .

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