China houses the largest manufacturing of tech devices. And is a hub for a lot of tech giants, or use parts from manufacturers in China. Doctors, scientists are warning customers to expect a cut in production of various smartphones, other tech accessories. For example, we are expecting a delay iPhones and AirPods production as factory workers are unable to resume work due to coronavirus outbreak.
The well known Zhengzhou region factory, aka, “The iPhone city,” is where the magic happens and world’s iPhones are assembled. Bloomberg says that Zhengzhou might resume limited production the week of February 10th, but with a small number of workers who didn’t travel home for the New Year.
Facebook has currently stopped taking orders for its latest Oculus Quest VR headset, citing the outbreak for the delay. “[Like] many other companies we’re expecting some additional resistance to our hardware production due to the Coronavirus. We’re taking all possible precautions and safety measures to ensure the safety of our resourceful employees, manufacturing partners and customers, and are monitoring the situation closely. We are working to restore availability as soon as possible,” the company gave the statement currently addressing to the press.
The Quest had been on backorder since around the holiday season; retailers say the headset will be available again in early February. But the date again postponed to as late as March 10th for the 64GB version.
For the gamers ROG Phone II, Asus has also alerted customers that the device won’t be available again until further notice due to the fan out of the coronavirus.
Google and Microsoft both confirmed that on Monday two industry conferences, i.e Google’s Cloud Next in San Francisco and Microsoft’s MVP Summit in the Seattle suburbs of Bellevue and Redmond, are being cancelled in the midst of coronavirus outbreak. Well, Google finds a way out to still hold the meet as it promises that it will be making its Cloud Next conference — an enterprise-focused meetup dedicated to G Suite and other cloud computing tools and by attendees the largest Google conference — into a “digital-first” event. Microsoft plans to do it the same with its MVP Summit.
“We are transforming the event into Google Cloud Next ’20: Digital Connect, a free, global, digital-first, multi-day event connecting our attendees to Next ’20 content and each other through streamed keynotes, breakout sessions, interactive learning and digital ‘ask an expert’ sessions with Google teams,” the company said in a statement posted to the Cloud Next website.
Google and Microsoft plan on conducting a virtual version of their annual conferences this year. Cloud Next was confirmed to take place at San Francisco’s Moscone Center from April 6th to April 8th. Now the company plans to refund attendees both the cost of tickets for the event and even hotel stays and all registered attendees will be given access to the digitally conducted event instead, Google says.
Microsoft’s MVP Summit, a prestigious networking event for its “Most Valuable Professional” program, will also be changing it to a virtual version. It will be organised from March 16th to 20th, the same week as the initially-planned in-person conference. There have been genuine efforts to keep their customers updated but the tide of coronavirus has been proven a huge one giving even the tech industry a hard time.