Apple is among the many companies that have seen their operations significantly affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19). According to data from official local government sources, Cupertino's firm will have left around 60% year-on-year in sales volume of February 2020.
This will result in less than half a million devices marketed in the Asian territory, one of the main markets of the firm internationally. Specifically, according to Reuters, the California technology company will have placed 494,000 units of the brand's smartphone in China, down from the 1.27 million registered in the same period of the previous year.
It is not the only one, however, since the decline has been widespread in the Chinese market as a whole, which has registered sales 56% lower compared to February 2019. The Android market is 5.85 million units, a figure significantly lower than the 12.72 million registered twelve months earlier.
Concern in the industry
In anticipation of these figures, Apple anticipated in the middle of last month that it did not expect to meet the expectations set in the previous quarterly results of the firm, which came to light in late January. A news that was framed within the numerous store closures that the company had to make after the rapid spread of the coronavirus in order to protect both employees and customers.
Likewise, the company will also be experiencing various production problems which will cause shortages of terminals for distribution throughout the world. These, originated by the closure of factories and production chains that Apple uses in China, may not return to recover their usual level until the second quarter of the year.
The company led by Tim Cook has also recommended its employees at Apple Park and the old offices of the firm (more than 10,000) to do their work remotely instead of going to their usual position. Meanwhile, the WWDC 2020, the annual event for developers that the company celebrates in June, remains in the air.
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