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China’s power cuts hamper New York Apple store opening – report

Image copyright The Chinese Ministry of Education Image caption It could be down to a ‘temporary technical problem’

Powercuts in China could be hampering the delivery of a new iPhone to Apple’s trademark “flagship” store on Fifth Avenue, New York, according to state media.

Several media outlets have reported that lines of people are demanding to buy the new phone, even though Apple did not announce it during its first event earlier this month.

It was reported that they were waiting for a March 26 launch, but Apple may hold an event for the next iPhone months earlier.

Power cuts in Changsha in the Hunan province could be a cause, the paper said.

It said that rationing of power supplies by the local state electricity company had left 30,000 homes without electricity last week.

Meanwhile, thousands of people from across China had travelled to Changsha to buy a copy of the new iPhone.

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The lack of power has forced hundreds of thousands of people to sleep in the streets. Many are reported to have been gathered in the area since early March.

“Right now, all phones are sold and we cannot get a new one,” said a Changsha resident who identified himself as Zhang.

The new phone is expected to have “edge-to-edge” screens as well as a redesigned charging mechanism.

Image copyright Changsha Power Laboratory

Cui Wen, deputy chief of power at Changsha Power Laboratory, said on Tuesday that there had been an outage at five power stations in the region in the last week, and “deep cuts” were possible until the end of March.

“As long as we don’t supply electricity from new sources, and as long as we don’t change the pumping system, there will be shortages,” he said.

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Apple declined to comment on the report.

However, it said that, by developing its own content and services, it would be able to “effectively manage” the energy supply of its data centres.

Additional reporting by Reuters and media outside China.

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