iPhone XS on track after Typhoon Mangkhut barrels through China’s electronics capital
Biggest storm of the year rocks Greater Bay Area in southern China
The world’s strongest storm this year shut down China’s manufacturing powerhouse.
Shenzhen, a metropolis bordering Hong Kong, is already home to some of the country’s biggest tech titans, like Tencent, Huawei, ZTE, OnePlus and DJI.
Typhoon Mangkhut hit southern China just ahead of a week when Apple is set to deliver some of the world’s most anticipated consumer electronics products this year: The iPhone XS and XS Max are both scheduled to arrive on Friday. Many of these handsets are assembled by Foxconn -- a Taiwan-based contractor with a massive factory complex in Shenzhen.
Foxconn told us that the weekend’s typhoon didn’t result in any material impact on their facilities in Shenzhen.
The main focus is on the cheaper iPhone XR -- which is shipping over a month later than the XS and XS Max. The issue is said to involve color fading on the back cover. To make up for the delay, tens of thousands of workers are now clocking in 19 hours a day to meet orders.