Apple faces a new challenge of a 2nd national lockdown in England, on cue for the arrival of 2 brand new iPhones

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UPDATE:

British Prime Minster Borris Johnson has officially announced a new 4-week-lockdown across England that will begin on Thursday, November 5th, and will end at the beginning of December. The new lockdown will shut all non-essential businesses and stores. Under the current rules, Apple will be forced to close its retail locations for the month, impacting the launch of the iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro Max, and HomePod mini.


British Prime Minister Borris Johnson is expected to announce a sweeping national lockdown in England as the country faces a surge in COVID19 cases. The BBC, The Telegraph, and countless other sources are reporting a “Tier 4” lockdown that will shutter restaurants, pubs, and retail stores.

Apple Stores are now also expected to be included, ITV reporter Robert Peston is reporting the following, (via iMore):

These are the measures to be announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson at his 5 pm press conference, as I understand it. They will last until December 2.

And they are, in effect, a new “Tier 4” that will be imposed for a month initially to the whole of England – in a bid to curb a rise in coronavirus cases.

All pubs and restaurants are to close, though takeaways and deliveries will be permitted.

All non-essential retail will close, though supermarkets won’t have to follow the Welsh example of fencing off non-essential goods.

As iMore reports, the lockdown is likely to include Apple Stores, forcing the company to keep its retail locations closed from Thursday, November 5h, until December 2nd. If true, the closure of the stores will include time during which the iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max are set to go on sale. Apple Stores are not considered essential businesses and adding weight to the report, BBC reports that non-essential retail stores will be asked to close.

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