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Tech & Science Apple reportedly warns stores of iPhone replacement shortages

06:35  05 march  2020
06:35  05 march  2020 Source:   engadget.com

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Apple Inc. warned retail employees about shortages of replacement iPhones , another sign the coronavirus outbreak is The company has begun to see shortages for the iPad Pro, Bloomberg News reported recently, while the supply of the iPhone 11 has begun to slightly tighten internationally.

Apple could struggle to replace badly damaged iPhones for a few weeks. There's also been a shortage of individual parts at some Apple Stores , according to the news agency, which cited anonymous employees.

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Apple's coronavirus-related iPhone supply shortage might cause problems if you total your handset in the near future. Apple store workers talking to Bloomberg say they've been warned that replacement iPhones will be in low supply for up to two to four weeks. Reps can reportedly mail out replacements and offer loaner iPhones in the meantime, but there's no guarantee you'll walk out of a Genius appointment with a brand new device in hand.

We've asked Apple for comment.

The company's factory partners only briefly stopped manufacturing to deal with the coronavirus outbreak, but there has already been evidence of strain on Apple's inventory across multiple fronts. iPhone 11 volumes have reportedly shrunk slightly worldwide, while the iPad Pro has also suffered shortages. Limited stock for replacement iPhones would be the most conspicuous sign of trouble, however, as it's something you might notice even if you have no intention of upgrading in the near future.

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Due to the coronavirus, Apple ’s supply of replacement iPhones for repair is constrained. Bloomberg notes that Apple has reopened most of the China-based Apple Stores that have closed due to the COVID-19 virus. That could be a sign that other parts of Apple ’s business may soon function normally.

Apple is reportedly warning stores of iPhone shortages . Anyone who needs a replacement iPhone may need to wait. Shortages are due to the The dearth of iPhone repair parts is one of the first visible effects from the virus on Apple 's operations. The company has begun to see shortages for the

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