IPhone 12 reportedly 'delayed for months'

Yolanda Curtis
March 26, 2020

Apple may delay the launch of its first 5G iPhone as coronavirus threatens smartphone sales and buckle the company's supply chain, according to reports. And there's something else worrying Apple execs, too.

The report says that development aside, Apple is concerned that the current situation would significantly lower consumer appetite to upgrade their phones, which could lead to a tame reception of the first 5G iPhone. A source with direct knowledge of these internal discussions said Apple really wants the first 5G iPhone to be a hit. However, in the worst case, the ‌5G iPhone‌ could be postponed until 2021. It also reportedly directed its supply partners to develop up to 100 million units of its latest lineup for 2020. Plus, 5G networks now operate only in limited areas of major cities.

The drop comes at a time when the wider market surged with the hope of the United States Senate approves a $2 trillion economic stimulus package for corporations, small businesses, and individuals affected by the coronavirus outbreak.

Nikkei said Apple will make its decision by May. The company supposedly planned to build more concrete prototypes in collaboration with suppliers starting in early March.

Apple right now is closely monitoring the coronavirus outbreaks in the U.S. and Europe, its two largest markets, and assessing whether a delay of the iPhone 12 family is necessary. Apple has an office with thousands of employees in Hyderabad, which works on Apple Maps data. That would certainly throw a wrench in Apple's product roadmap release schedule. Suppliers believe that since Apple is in the engineering process, the possibility of a delay "looms".

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