A few weeks ago, China suffered its worst heat wave in 60 years, bringing iPad product to a halt at the Foxconn factory in the southwestern Sichuan province. Now, the heat wave is easing, allowing Foxconn to return to normal manufacturing capacity.
Nikkei Asia says the manufacturer has “restarted factory in Sichuan province after a local order to stop operations expired Thursday at a historic heat wave eases,” meaning iPad production is back to normal.
The Chengdu plant of Foxconn, which assembles iPads for Apple, began to operate at normal capacity again on Thursday, a person close to the factory confirmed. Authorities appear to be supplying Foxconn, also known as Hon Hai Precision Industry, with power on a priority basis, taking into consideration the economic impact on the region.
It’s unclear how it has affected iPad production in the long run.
Apple will unveil its new iPhone 14 and Apple Watch models at a September 7 media event, and is expected to hold a second iPad/Mac-centric press event in October. In addition to two new iPad Pro models, many are expecting to see a new 10th-generation base iPad model debut.