On Black Friday, many customers looking for Apple’s latest high-end phones couldn’t buy any as the technology company battles production issues in China. 

As the South China Morning Post reported, Wedbush analyst Dan Ives wrote in a note, the “iPhone shortages are accelerating and were front and center this morning on Black Friday across many retailers, Apple Stores, and online channels.”

He said referring to Apple’s headquarters, “We believe many Apple Stores now have iPhone 14 Pro shortages based on model or color or storage of up to 25 to 30 percent below normal heading into a typical December, which is not a good sign heading into holiday season for Cupertino.”

After a source at Apple supplier Foxconn informed Reuters on Friday, November 25 that iPhone production could be further impacted by employee unrest at the factory, Apple shares ended the day down 2%.

Apple refused to comment on the matter on Friday.

In a statement on November 7 Apple said that it expected lower iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max shipments than previously anticipated.

The strict COVID restrictions imposed in the world’s largest Apple iPhone factory have sparked an outcry among workers. In addition, it also halted production in time for the Christmas and Lunar New Year holidays because several workers were either put into quarantine or fled the factory. 
According to state-backed media China Newsweek, Foxconn needs 100,000 workers to resume full production capacity in the central Chinese city of Zhengzhou.

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