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The world's largest iPhone manufacturing facility in Zhengzhou, China will resume full production between late December and early January, after a worker revolt at the plant over delayed payments and poor living conditions.

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As it attempts to scale up production once again, one of Apple's major suppliers has begun hiring new workers.

Full production could resume in around three to four weeks if the recruitment drive goes well.

Less than a month ago, nearly 20,000 disgruntled workers accepted the company's offer of 10,000 to leave the plant.

The recent turmoil at the plant, including worker protests and harsh Covid restrictions, has been stable.

Most of the flagship iPhone 14 Pro models are assembled in the Zhengzhou factory, even though Apple has diversified its manufacturing line by having contractors make some of its devices in India and Vietnam.

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According to the Wall Street Journal, the recent manufacturing struggles in China have caused Apple to speed up its plans to move some manufacturing outside of China. According to the report, Apple has begun pushing its suppliers to move the assembly of its products to other countries like Vietnam and India.

Big Number

6,000,000. The recent disruptions at the Zhengzhou plant are expected to cause a shortfall in the production of the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max. By the end of the year, Apple had planned to make 90 million of the devices.

There were violent confrontations between security personnel and workers last month. Poor living conditions were said to be the cause of the protest. Workers were forced to live in a closed bubble because of China's harsh Covid control measures. The workers were angry that they wouldn't get a bonus if they stayed until March. After hundreds of workers fled the factory in October in fear of strict Covid restrictions, the bonus payments were used to lure new recruits to the plant. Massive protests across the country against China's rigid zero- Covid stance resulted in the clashes at 'iPhone City'.

The China plant is expected to return to full output in late December and early January.

According toForbes, Apple faces a shortage of 6 million phones.