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Apple Limiting Employee Travel to China Amid Coronavirus Outbreak, Working to Avoid Supply Shortages

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During today's earnings call, Apple CEO Tim Cook commented on the coronavirus outbreak in China, which investors fear could potentially impact Apple's business, affecting production of both current iPhones and the new low-cost iPhone that's on the horizon.

Cook said that Apple is donating to China to help with the outbreak and working with partner companies.

We're donating to groups that are working to contain the outbreak. We're working closely with our Apple team members in the affected areas, and our thoughts are with all of those in the region.
In an interview with CNBC, Cook confirmed that employee travel has been restricted to "business critical travel" only as of last week, and employees in Wuhan and across China are receiving care kits from Apple.
"We're restricting travel to business critical travel. For employees that are in the Wuhan area, we are providing care kits and supplying them across our employee population in China as well.
Cook said that Apple's decision to set next quarter guidance with a range of $4 billion is reflective of the coronavirus outbreak and the "uncertainty around that." Apple's guidance for Q2 2020 is $63 to $67 billion, a larger range than normal.

The situation is still emerging, said Cook, and Apple is monitoring the situation closely and gathering data points.

According to Cook, supplier factories in wider China are opening late after Chinese New Year, on February 10, which Apple is working to manage. Apple does have suppliers in the Wuhan area, but all of these suppliers have alternate suppliers, and Apple is working to ensure good supplies. Apple has accounted for the delayed startup with its larger range of outcomes.

In its retail stores, Apple is limiting hours, checking employees, and sanitizing its stores regularly. One store has also been shut down for the time being. Apple's retail sales have slowed due to virus concerns, but this is accounted for in Apple's guidance numbers for Q2 2020.

Article Link: Apple Limiting Employee Travel to China Amid Coronavirus Outbreak, Working to Avoid Supply Shortages
 

Baymowe335

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He said they are still going if business critical.

The factories impacted are reopening Feb 10.
 
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Seanm87

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Just remember...

The flu infected 42 million and killed 62,000 in 2019. The coronavirus has infected 9000 and killed 81 people...

Media: CORONAVIRUSSSSSS!!!!!!!

although I get your point these things should never be underestimated. Especially new ones.
 
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"We're restricting travel to business critical travel. For employees that are in the Wuhan area, we are providing care kits and supplying them across our employee population in China as well."

Good idea, since no one can get people out, due to lock-down, which is always the right thing to do anyway.

I'm still kinda impressed "Australia is OK" because symptoms don't show up always either on first attempt.
 
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mi7chy

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The special tariff exception for not having to move production out of China turned out to be a curse in disguise. Meanwhile, all the other companies that played fairly are better off.
 
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BootsWalking

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Just remember...

The flu infected 42 million and killed 62,000 in 2019. The coronavirus has infected 9000 and killed 81 people...

Media: CORONAVIRUSSSSSS!!!!!!!

There was a time when the Black Plague had only killed 81 people. I wonder if someone stood up then and said "but the flu kills a lot more people!" And no, I'm not saying the current virus is anywhere as deadly as the plague, although Corona viruses mutate rapidly and MERS had a near 35% mortality rate.
 
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grantew1

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There was a time when the Black Plague had only killed 81 people. I wonder if someone stood up then and said "but the flu kills a lot more people!" And no, I'm not saying the current virus is anywhere as deadly as the plague, although Corona viruses mutate rapidly and MERS had a near 35% mortality rate.

I logged in to show this again. People keep bringing up the flu. Will they shut up if the Corona gets worse and starts killing off more people? The next one will be "well car accidents still kill more people!"
 
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pweicks,
Let me introduce you to basic mathematics.
62,000/42,000,000 = .00147%
81/9000 = .009% (Almost 1%)
Should Cooronavirus spread like the flu in 2019 then that is approximately 420,000 dead for every 42 million.
If it spread like the Spanish Flu of 1918 that one percent would be approximately 25.4 million dead.

Numbers, it is all relative anyway right?
That’s cool dude. Just remember the media is out to make money, not to tell you the news
 
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pweicks,
Let me introduce you to basic mathematics.
62,000/42,000,000 = .00147%
81/9000 = .009% (Almost 1%)
Should Cooronavirus spread like the flu in 2019 then that is approximately 420,000 dead for every 42 million.
If it spread like the Spanish Flu of 1918 that one percent would be approximately 25.4 million dead.

Numbers, it is all relative anyway right?

Not to mention that the vast majority of deaths attributed to regular flu are a function of statistics not medicine (there are mathematical models that predict deaths for any given week, compare them against flu cases and other factors and then the “excess” is attributed to flu, no matter what the actual cause).

Can I introduce you to some basic mathematics too? 0.009% isn’t remotely close to 1%.

Screenshot 2020-01-29 at 11.47.21 AM.png

And 62,000/42,000,000 = .00147 or 0.147%
 
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jacksbleedingeyes

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No sunshine, let me introduce you to some basic maths ... actually, you're so wrong that me explaining would hurt my brain.

.009% is close 1% just because he didn't multiply by 100 to make it percent.

Because by your maths, 100 people sick / 100 people infected is 1%
 
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nicho

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No sunshine, let me introduce you to some basic maths ... actually, you're so wrong that me explaining would hurt my brain.

.009% is close 1% just because he didn't multiply by 100 to make it percent.

Because by your maths, 100 people sick / 100 people infected is 1%

You couldn't be more wrong if you tried, so thanks for not trying. ?

Only a factor of 100 out isn't too bad eh? Top tip: if you aren't going to convert a number into a percentage by multiplying it by 100, don't bother with the % sign.
 
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During today's earnings call, Apple CEO Tim Cook commented on the coronavirus outbreak in China, which investors fear could potentially impact Apple's business, affecting production of both current iPhones and the new low-cost iPhone that's on the horizon.

Cook said that Apple is donating to China to help with the outbreak and working with partner companies.

In an interview with CNBC, Cook confirmed that employee travel has been restricted to "business critical travel" only as of last week, and employees in Wuhan and across China are receiving care kits from Apple.Cook said that Apple's decision to set next quarter guidance with a range of $4 billion is reflective of the coronavirus outbreak and the "uncertainty around that." Apple's guidance for Q2 2020 is $63 to $67 billion, a larger range than normal.

The situation is still emerging, said Cook, and Apple is monitoring the situation closely and gathering data points.

According to Cook, supplier factories in wider China are opening late after Chinese New Year, on February 10, which Apple is working to manage. Apple does have suppliers in the Wuhan area, but all of these suppliers have alternate suppliers, and Apple is working to ensure good supplies. Apple has accounted for the delayed startup with its larger range of outcomes.

In its retail stores, Apple is limiting hours, checking employees, and sanitizing its stores regularly. One store has also been shut down for the time being. Apple's retail sales have slowed due to virus concerns, but this is accounted for in Apple's guidance numbers for Q2 2020.

Article Link: Apple Limiting Employee Travel to China Amid Coronavirus Outbreak, Working to Avoid Supply Shortages

Bit off topic but, Hey Apple- You too don't like the notch, do you ?
 
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fathergll

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Just remember...

The flu infected 42 million and killed 62,000 in 2019. The coronavirus has infected 9000 and killed 81 people...

Media: CORONAVIRUSSSSSS!!!!!!!



The former is called a seasonal flu and the latter is a pandemic flu. The difference is pandemic flu has the potential to be far more dangerous because it's a new strain from animals and has the potential to kill a huge % of the population.

Also lol at "coronavirus has infected 9000 and killed 81 people..."

If you think China is shutting down cities bigger than Los Angeles because of only 9,000 infections and they are constructing hostpials in record time then I have a bridge to sell you. This may end up blowing over without too much damage but it's like the fools in the path of a CAT 5 hurricane saying the weatherman hypes the storm up. Sometimes they get lucky and the storm fissiles out...other times they'll be praying to a higher power when the eye is approaching. Happens all the time.

 
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Ronlap

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Since Foxconn workers are pretty much quarantined in their dorm/factory, I don't see a big problem unless a whole bunch of them went home for Spring Festival and are brining the virus back with them. In that case, the entire Foxconn plant could be a death factory.
 
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