If you thought the news from China about the corona virus would not affect your daily life in Europe and America, think again.
Apple, the maker of the best-selling augmented reality hardware on the market, the iPhone, has just revealed that the coronavirus will cause a shortage of its flagship mobile device this year. , this will seriously affect the availability of the ARKit-powered device.
"We are experiencing a slower return to normal conditions than we expected. As a result, we do not expect to meet the sales expectations that we have given for the March quarter due to two main factors," said a statement from the company.
"Worldwide iPhone delivery will be temporarily limited Although our iPhone manufacturing partner sites are outside of Hubei province [the epicenter of the virus outbreak] – and although all of these facilities have been reopened – they are running slower than we expected."
for Apple, however, are not only related to production. The company also expects sales to be slower overall due to limited consumer activity in China, which generates one of the largest revenues.
"All our stores in China and many of our partner stores are closed," the ruling says. "In addition, open stores operate at shorter times and with very little customer traffic."
In addition to Apple, the AR hardware industry and the general engineering industry have both experienced other problems with the virus. Last week, a company based in China, Nreal announced it would miss its official launch product release due to the corona virus slowdown. Not long after, the largest international technology conference, the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, decided to cancel its annual February meeting after major players such as Nvidia, Amazon, Facebook, Intel and others withdrew due to virus security concerns .  Apple is fundamentally strong and this disruption of our company is only temporary.
Similarly, the organizers of the Bejing Moto Show, which often has a significant amount of advanced technology, announced on Monday that the show is now being canceled due to the coronavirus situation.
It remains unclear how severely the corona virus will affect overall technical hardware production, which is largely from China for many of the largest Silicon Valley companies. As the situation is still evolving and there is no end in sight, a number of other technical conference organizers will be forced to make some difficult decisions in the coming weeks and months as the virus remains the global business world to engage.
"Apple is fundamentally strong and this disruption to our company is only temporary," Apple said in a statement. "Our first priority – now and always – is the health and safety of our employees, supply chain partners, customers and the communities in which we operate."