Foxconn Suggests There is Still Opportunity for 5G iPhones to Launch on Time

In a private conference call with investors this week, Apple supplier Foxconn suggested that there is still a possibility that 5G-enabled iPhones will launch on time this year despite pandemic-related supply chain disruptions, according to Bloomberg.

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Of course, Foxconn did not mention Apple or the iPhone specifically:

"We and the customer's engineers are trying to catch up the missing gap, after we lost some days due to travel ban. There's opportunity and possibility that we might catch up," Yang said. "But if there's a further delay in the next few weeks, months, then you probably have to reconsider launching time. It's still possible."

The report claims that trial assembly of new iPhones typically begins in early June ahead of mass production of the devices in August, so there are still several months for Apple to catch up should pandemic restrictions begin to be eased.

With hundreds of suppliers of iPhone components, however, Apple will have to rely on more than Foxconn to ensure an on-time launch.

Prior to the pandemic, it was rumored that Apple planned to introduce four high-end iPhone 12 models with notched OLED displays and 5G support in the fall, including a 5.4-inch model, two 6.1-inch models, and a 6.7-inch model. Following in the footsteps of the new iPad Pro, some or all of the models are expected to gain a LiDAR scanner for augmented reality.

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Top Rated Comments

JPack Avatar
12 months ago

Other than here on MR, I truly can’t find anyone who can’t wait to go out and waste a grand on a new iPhone once this is over. That’s the last thing on peoples minds especially with another looming financial crisis ahead.

Im lucky I guess, I work in the pharmacy industry where it’s business as usual and even I don’t care about the next 1000 dollar iPhone.
The reality is, consumer confidence numbers are already at a 3 year low and are continuing fall. Hardly anyone out there is looking to spend big money on non-essentials. Luxury brands have issued profit warnings and are expecting their worst year in history. Auto makers have shut down plants due to low demand. Your view is spot on.
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iapplelove Avatar
12 months ago

Good thing you don’t speak for everyone. Many people are waiting this out, working at home, and can’t wait to start spending.

This sucks, but there are many people wanting the iPhone and other things.

In fact, it’s in the best interest of many to keep pushing if possible (safely) because people need jobs and money.
Other than here on MR, I truly can’t find anyone who can’t wait to go out and waste a grand on a new iPhone once this is over. That’s the last thing on peoples minds especially with another looming financial crisis ahead.

Im lucky I guess, I work in the pharmacy industry where it’s business as usual and even I don’t care about the next 1000 dollar iPhone.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
recoil80 Avatar
12 months ago
I hope they'll take their time and release iPhone 12 a few weeks late like mid October, same for iOS 14. More time to test and perfect the product and the software release.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
lkalliance Avatar
12 months ago
I wonder what this means for the rumored SE 2/iPhone 9, which would have been announced yesterday if rumors and conjecture were correct. Though I don't know if it would have been assembled by Foxconn anyway, so that may not be relevant.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
EugW Avatar
12 months ago

I have no desire to purchase a $1000+ iPhone. I'll have to wait a few years to get an older model iPhone 12 to get 5G. I like the plus size of my iPhone 7 Plus but it's wearing out and may have to purchase an iPhone 8 Plus for my next driver.
iPhone 9 Plus would be great. 8 Plus would be pointless IMO in this context, but the 9 Plus probably doesn’t exist.

However, I’m likely gonna get a new 5G iPhone this year to replace my 7 Plus, even though my 7 Plus is in perfect condition (after I got my battery changed last year).

I’m also ready for a 5G A14X iPad Pro, preferably with mini-LED.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
lesiu Avatar
12 months ago
And where is my iPhone SE2 / iPhone 9 ? Hope still on track.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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