How Is Coronavirus Affecting Big Tech Companies?

Rob Hart
March 13, 2020 - 9:28 am
The Apple logo is displayed on the exterior of an Apple Store on February 1, 2018 in San Francisco, California.

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The coronavius outbreak is throwing a curveball at technology companies. Big Tech is used to disrupting the old way of doing things, but now, Big Tech is being disrupted by coronavirus. 

The disruption in the supply chain could delay products that Big Tech companies bring to the public. 

Axios Chief Tech Correspondent Ina Fried tells the WBBM Noon Business Hour that despite the disruptions, Apple should have a full line of iPhones and iPads for sale by the holiday season. 

"Apple knows they have to get a phone out for the holiday season," she said. "I wouldn't expect them to miss the holidays. Does a feature get pushed to next year? I could see that happening."

But some products will be in short supply. 

"Probably the products that were in short supply to begin with - so the airpods everyone has been putting in their ears," she said.

She pointed out that tech companies may do product testing and inspection online, because of restrictions on travel.