The company released this warning along with the announcement of record results regarding the popularity of the iPhone. Device sales have increased for the first time in a year, as has increased interest in accessories such as AirPods.
However, the CEO of the company Tim Cook, he said he was concerned about the new outbreak in China, which is also one of the largest and largest markets, and one of the most important areas of the company's industrial activity.
Cook also said that Apple had given a broader than usual forecast for the next quarter because it was unclear how the epidemic would affect sales.
Apple has suppliers in the Wuhan area, the heart of the epidemic, but has alternatives, Cook said. Factories outside the Wuhan area will not reopen after the Chinese New Year holidays and until February 10, Mr. Cook said, but Apple has forecast a delayed re-launch in its revenue.
Apple has closed a store in China and reduces working hours to others due to lower traffic, Cook added. Third-party stores that also sell Apple products also face some issues.
Apple ”has stronger forecasts for the second quarter than analysts, but the fact that the coronavirus unexpectedly spreads to China, where Apple manufactures most of it hardware it could overturn this optimistic forecast, ”said eMarketer chief analyst Yoram Wurmser.