Apple Considering Delaying iPhone 12 Launch 'by Months'

Apple is preparing to delay the launch of the 2020 iPhones expected to be equipped with 5G technology, according to sources with knowledge of Apple's plans that spoke to Japanese news site Nikkei.

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Apple has reportedly held internal discussions about the possibility of delaying the launch "by months" over fears of how well iPhones would sell in the current situation, and supply chain sources also believe that "practical hurdles" could push back the launch date, which was scheduled for September.

"Supply chain constraint 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," said a source with direct knowledge of the discussion. "They need the first 5G iPhone to be a hit."

Apple is monitoring the outbreaks in the United States and Europe and assessing whether a delay might be necessary. A final decision could be made around May at the latest, with Apple perhaps waiting to finalize the timetable for the launch until the work from home order for its employees is lifted.

Apple this week told employees that it planned to extend the worldwide work from home order until April 8, with stores to begin opening once again in mid-April on a staggered basis. MacRumors heard from a source this morning that stores in the United States will not be among the first opened.

Nikkei says that the engineering development of the 2020 iPhone lineup has been affected by travel restrictions to the United States, China, and elsewhere. Apple was meant to work with suppliers to develop a "more concrete prototype" for the new iPhones in early March, but had to delay the collaboration until the end of the month before postponing it again. Suppliers believe that given where Apple is in the engineering process, the possibility of a delay "is looming."

Some suppliers have, however, been told to defer their mass production schedules for about two to three months.

"We have been notified to start shipping in big volumes to meet Apple's new product launch by the end of August, instead of like in previous years, when it would be sometime in June," said a supplier of components related to printed circuit boards. "The change was made very recently, and that could imply that the mass production of the phone could also be delayed for months."

At this time, suppliers have not been notified of a possible change in the production timeline and Apple is urging many of them to make up for time lost due to recent disruptions. "We are not giving up yet," said one of the sources that spoke to Nikkei. "We are doing whatever we can to sort the issue out."

Apple's discussions are said to be in the early stage, and the fall launch is not "completely off the table" yet. In a worse case scenario, though, the 5G iPhone could be postponed until 2021.

A recent report from Bloomberg suggested that the iPhone 12 models are still on course for a fall launch despite disruptions to Apple's supply chain, and Foxconn this week said that it now has enough workers to meet "seasonal demand."

Rumors have indicated that Apple is working on four new ‌iPhone‌ models for 2020, which will be available at various price points. All models are expected to have 5G capabilities and A14 chips, and higher-end models are expected to be equipped with new 3D camera systems like the LiDAR Scanner in new iPad Pro models.

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Top Rated Comments

motm95 Avatar
37 months ago
I think the justification for yearly iPhone releases is coming to an end anyway. There's really no need.
Score: 41 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Sneakz Avatar
37 months ago
It’s a no brainer if you ask me. Add in that worldwide 5G deployments are going to be delayed by COVID-19, a September launch doesn’t seem necessary. Maybe November at the earliest.
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jasheeky Avatar
37 months ago
I wonder how this will disrupt the 2021 iPhone release schedule. Will they release a revision in less than 12 months to get back on schedule?
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
efktd Avatar
37 months ago
They really don't need to release another iPhone. People are still trippin' over the 3 camera system in the Pro's... which btw, my wife's Christmas gift 11 pro max still carries a $1,000 Balance!
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
MacRazySwe Avatar
37 months ago
If Apple actually does decide to postpone the September launch, that signals that new phones will be the least of our problems.

To be honest though, I think it's too early to tell. Let's just hope we get this Covid-19 under control, that's really all that matters at this stage.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
sunapple Avatar
37 months ago
It would be quite historic and a huge deal for Apple, but it also pales completely in comparison to what’s actually going on in the world right now.

Just delay it if needed, but show the phone on time so I can watch the stream from home isolation like it’s any other year. Wait what.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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