Apple has revoked the ban it had slapped on the purchase of bulk iPhones amid the coronavirus pandemic. According to the restrictions put in place by the company, a single customer could only purchase a maximum of two iPhones and iPads. This was done due to the disruption in the supply of the products as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Drop-down menus on online stores now allow customers to buy more than 10 devices, however, people are still restricted from purchasing bulk iPad and Macbook models. It is to be noted that Apple has closed all its brick-and-mortar retail stores outside mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao, till March 27. Those who wish to purchase the iPhone are told to visit the company’s online store.
The iPhone purchase restrictions were applied to the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone XR, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Max. Users can buy two iPhone XR devices and two iPhone 11 Pro devices, but they cannot purchase four iPhone XR devices. As mentioned, the restrictions are still in place for the iPad Pro, Mac mini, and MacBook Air. The Mac mini and MacBook Air are limited to five orders per customer.
Apple was reportedly facing a shortage of smartphones because of the pause on iPhones manufacturing in China. Due to the outbreak, the factories in the country were either temporarily shut or worked quite below their production capability.