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China’s Covid outbreak puts Apple in check

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Since a new outbreak of Covid-19 originated in the facilities of foxconn, in the Chinese town of Zhengzhou, last October, Apple’s production level has been reduced. The ‘iPhoneCity’as this region that is home to the company’s main assembler is known, is in utter chaos.

All this has raised alerts in the company that sees a latent risk that its production will be interrupted in the coming months. Foxconn has decided to move part of its production to other factories in China, while Apple has chosen to look for new suppliers to alleviate the waiting times for its supplies. In fact, those who buy a high-end iPhone in the US may currently be expecting a few 23 daysan excessively long time for what the technological giant has accustomed us to.

The zero covid policy Implemented by the government of Xi Jinping, it is causing the presence of workers in factories throughout the country to be less and less, obviously affecting the producers of components and the architects of the iPhones assemblies.

Absenteeism is having a negative impact on storage, distribution, logistics and transport, that is, at all key points in the supply chain. Without going any further, an Apple store in Beijing had to reduce its opening hours during the past week because all its workers were sick.

A ‘black Christmas’ for Apple

Since November, this debacle has been predicted in the Christmas season, the one that generates the highest revenue rate for Apple. However, the experts determined that on these dates the company it would barely improve its data by 8%insignificant figures compared to what we are used to.

Thus, all studies indicate that Apple’s revenue will be below 123.900 million dollars purchased over Christmas 2021, and that net earnings will experience a decline of more than 8%. This is reflected in the latest bank estimate of Visible Alpha. Right now they would be producing between 5 and 15 million less than the iPhones needed to meet global demand, so it is impossible to remedy the break in the upward trend in terms of economic growth experienced during the last 14 quarters.

What will happen in 2023?

The future is not shown with more light. Demographic data shows that more than a million Chinese citizens are at risk of dying from Covid during the winter months, once the strict pandemic controls.

If we take into account that one fifth of Apple’s revenues come from sales in China and that more than 90% of iPhones are assembled therethe widespread concern that exists in the company is normal.

Added to this is the tension due to the exponential growth of competition, since samsung it left the country in 2019 to diversify its production and assembly in up to four countries.

If the pandemic continues in this ascending line in China, the mentality of the citizens will be affected and they will implement a ‘zero spending policy’, where expenses will be prioritized again and where large purchases will be avoided. Unlike what happened in Europe during the spring of 2020, in China this low immunity and lack of confidence in security networks could cause a plummet in sales of the technology sector.

Although it cannot heal the wounds, Apple can act immediately to prevent the problem from escalating. For all these reasons, its most important Taiwanese suppliers (foxconn, pegatron Y wintron) are expanding their operations in India.

Hence, the assembly of 7-8% of iPhone in India is passed to 18% for 2024. Until June Apple will have to analyze how the production lines and the market evolve and if China’s political measures continue to seriously affect their supply chains.

And it is that unlike the decisions that are being made in other parts of the world, the Asian country continues to be reluctant to implement new standards against Covid.

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EIZO ColorEdge CS2400S, new 24.1-inch professional monitor

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The EIZO ColorEdge CS2400S is a monitor aimed at professionals that mounts a 24.1-inch panel and has, as you may have imagined, a resolution of 1,920 x 1,200 pixels. Its maximum brightness is 410 cd/m2, it has a contrast of 1,350:1, it reproduces 1,070 million colors and it is capable of covering the 99% of the Adobe RGB color space.

This EIZO model brings a series of clear improvements over the previous generation. Among the most important changes we can highlight the inclusion of a USB Type-C connector, that offers up to 70 watts of charge, and that we can use to charge a laptop while we use it with said monitor (simultaneous data and power).

Another important addition to the EIZO ColorEdge CS2400S is that it comes with an adjustment report that measures the state of the screen at the time of shipment, a feature that previously it was only available on CG series professional monitors.

Maintaining its commitment to the environment, EIZO has eliminated any type of plastic from the packaging and materials that accompany the wiring. This monitor is also more efficient, as it It has a consumption of only 26 watts.

The rest of its specifications are completed with a response time of 19ms, it has DisplayPort and HDMI outputs, it has a USB Type-C connector, as we have already said, it has two USB 3.0 and it has two other USB 2.0 ports. we can use it both horizontally and verticallysomething that the most creative professionals will undoubtedly like.

This monitor is mainly aimed at content creators, designers, video and photo editors, illustrators and cartoonists. It is height, swivel and tilt adjustable, which translates into good ergonomics and great versatility when it comes to integrating into different work spaces.

The EIZO ColorEdge CS2400S comes with a 5-year warranty covering each and every component, and is also subject to the zero bad pixel policy, which is covered for six months from the launch date. Taking into account the investment that we have to make to buy this monitor, it is totally normal, since its price in Spain will be around 800 euro.

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Microsoft Extends ESU Support for Windows Server 2008 and R2

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When an operating system ends its life cycle, Microsoft usually considers the possibility of offering extended support, which usually ends up being paid, or may be subject to some type of special condition. The latter is what has happened with Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2, two operating systems that have ended their life cycle and are no longer supported in 2020.

The thing is that Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 still have a significant user baseand for this reason Microsoft has decided an additional year of support of the ESU type, acronym for “extended security updates”. This is good news for companies that still use the operating system, but it has one important condition, and that is that it will only be available to those who are Microsoft Azure customers.

This extended period of security updates will be active until January 9, 2024. If you are wondering if this will be a free program, I can tell you that it is not, and that Microsoft will bill it as it normally does with extended support programs.

In case you are wondering why so many professionals are still using Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 the answer is very simple, because in more than one case upgrading to a new operating system requires significant expenses that can derive from a hardware renewal, from a prolonged period of inactivity, from updating and developing new applications if necessary or from a little of everything that we have just said.

Microsoft has confirmed all the versions of Windows Server 2008 that will be able to benefit from this year of extended support, and we have listed them as is:

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1) and 2008 Service Pack 2 (SP2).
  • Windows Embedded POSReady 7.
  • Windows Embedded Standard 7.
  • All Azure virtual machines (VMs) running Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 operating systems on Azure, Azure Stack, Azure VMWare Solutions, or Azure Nutanix Solution.

It does not seem that they are going to give more extensions once this is finished, so if your company is using any of those operating systems you should be clear that time is running out, and that in a matter of a year you will be tied to an operating system without support that could become a time bomb in terms of security.

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Apple will abolish the position of Head of Product Design

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The departure of Jonathan Ive from Apple was one of the most shocking news of 2019, not in vain are we talking about what was Head of Product Design in that company, responsible for some of its most successful products, and a professional who was part of the bitten apple company for more than 30 years.

It is true that at first there was no complete break between Ive and Applesince both continued to work together through an independent agency founded by the former executive, but in the end both parties decided to put an end to their adventure, and a final separation was confirmed last July.

The position that Ive left was filled by Evans Hankey, but we know that this executive also plans to leave the company in the coming months. What will happen then with the position of Head of Product Design? The normal thing would be to look for a new professional that lives up to that position, but according to a new report presented by Bloomberg it won’t be like that.

The apple company will abolish the position of Head of Product Design, and the product design team will report to and report directly to Apple’s COO, Jeff Williams. To avoid internal problems, Apple will give more important roles to the designers of key products for the apple company, but it seems that this has not been liked by everyone, and that some employees are upset with Apple’s decision.

The truth is that, if we analyze the situation that existed previously, it is not as important a change as it might seem at first glance. Evans Hankey acts as the liaison for the design team, but in the end it depended on Jeff Williams and had to answer to himso with this move Apple would be eliminating an intermediate position that in the end would not be “essential”, and would simplify the hierarchical structure of the product design team.

It is also important to note that this change reinforces the position of Jeff Williams, a high-profile executive at Apple who many see as Tim Cook’s possible successor. We’ll see how the situation evolves, and if Apple is really able to get on without a Head of Product Design.

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