Disclaimer: The below is intended as a humorous fictionalised imagining of the coronavirus’ impact on the tech industry, and is not fact or prediction.

It’s September 2020. Apple’s Steve Jobs theatre in Cupertino is empty, save two people – just CEO Tim Cook and a camera operator. However, millions tune in for the most unique launch event in Apple history, where no products will be announced.

A solemn-faced Cook, clad in black and looking directly into the camera, tells Apple fans that, for the first time since 2007, there will be no new iPhones this year. This company’s 2020 vision will not be realised and the iPhone 12 has been completely scrapped.

Like all of the other major tech firms, Apple is reeling from the closure of production facilities in Asia due to the coronavirus…

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