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Apple said coronavirus will hurt iPhone sales more than expected.

In a rare update to its quarterly guidance, Apple said that even as work is starting to resume in China, coronavirus is having a bigger effect on its sales and production than originally expected.


Apple's note said that the company is likely to miss its revenue targets for the current quarter, for two reasons. First, that because of a "slower return to normal conditions than we had anticipated," supplies of iPhones are likely to be constrained worldwide. Second, that because coronavirus led to so many stores closing or reducing hours, sales in China have dropped. "Apple is fundamentally strong," the note said, "and this disruption to our business is only temporary."

Martin Cooper with his original DynaTAC cell phone.

Photo: Ted Soqui/Getty Images

Martin Cooper helped invent one of the most consequential and successful products in history: the cell phone. And almost five decades after he made the first public cell phone call, on a 2-pound brick of a device called the DynaTAC, he's written a book about his career called "Cutting the Cord: The Cell Phone has Transformed Humanity." In it he tells the story of the cell phone's invention, and looks at how it has changed the world and will continue to do so.

Cooper came on the Source Code Podcast to talk about his time at Motorola, the process of designing the first-ever cell phone, whether today's tech giants are monopolies, and why he's bullish on the future of AI.

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David Pierce

David Pierce ( @pierce) is Protocol's editor at large. Prior to joining Protocol, he was a columnist at The Wall Street Journal, a senior writer with Wired, and deputy editor at The Verge. He owns all the phones.

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