Apple shuts all stores outside China
Following the event of the coronavirus, Apple has temporarily shut down all 42 retail stores in China. While the Apple Stores in China remained closed last month, those in the U.S. were open. But recently, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook announced that all Apple Stores outside of China will be closed until March 27th. The Apple Stores in Italy have already been shut down after that country was completely locked down.
Cook noted that outside of China, Apple employees are being asked to work remotely if possible. All Apple offices will undergo deep cleaning while employees’ health will be screened and temperature checks will be conducted. The company will continue to pay hourly workers. The executive added, “We have expanded our leave policies to accommodate personal or family health circumstances created by The virus including recovering from an illness, caring for a sick loved one, mandatory quarantining, or childcare challenges due to school closures.”
But If you are planning on making a purchase from Apple, you can still do so through the online Apple Store or the Apple Store app which can be downloaded on your Apple device via Apple store. Factories in China are beginning to ramp up production and while some carrier-owned stores in New York City have experienced shortages of certain 2019 iPhone models, it would appear that Apple is getting ready to alleviate this issue.
Recently, the company moved its annual WWDC developer conference online instead of holding the event at the San Jose Community Center. Apple CEO Tim Cook says, “We see this as an opportunity to bring together developers around the world in an innovative way.” The executive also mentioned that Apple News has a new COVID-19 section that is dedicated to news about the outbreak.
Apple has also reportedly pushed back the introduction of its entry-level iPhone 9 model. The latter could be delayed for as long as six months, which means it could be introduced alongside the 2020 5G iPhone models. However, it is highly possible that other rumored new handsets will also be delayed past September.