Qualcomm Suggests Launch of 5G iPhone 12 Models Could Be Slightly Delayed Past September

Qualcomm today shared its third quarter earnings report and hinted that Apple's upcoming 5G iPhones could be delayed, according to Reuters. Qualcomm said its fourth quarter projections might be impacted by the "delay of a global 5G flagship phone launch."

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From Qualcomm CFO Akash Palkhiwala, who referred to the delay as "slight":

"We're seeing a partial impact from the delay of a flagship phone launch. And so what we've seen is a slight delay that pushes some of the units out from the September quarter to the December quarter for us."

The fourth quarter covers July, August, and September, and September is typically the month when Apple launches new smartphones. Given the release timelines of other smartphones and Apple's size, it's unlikely that Qualcomm is referring to a different smartphone launch, even though Qualcomm declined to name Apple or the iPhone.

Apple is using Qualcomm's 5G chips in its iPhone 12 lineup, and all models are expected to support 5G technology. There have been multiple rumors indicating Apple's ‌iPhone‌ launch will be delayed this year due to the ongoing global health crisis and restrictions on travel.

So far, rumors have indicated that iPhones could be delayed by about a month, which suggests a launch in October rather than September. It's not clear if all iPhones will be delayed, or if some models will come out in September while others launch in October or later.

Apple is still likely to unveil the new iPhones in September as it usually does, launching the devices later in the year. There is precedent for a launch that's uncoupled from an announcement. In 2018, Apple debuted the ‌iPhone‌ XS, XS Max, and XR, with the two more expensive iPhones launching in September and the XR coming later in October.

We're expecting a total of four iPhones in 5.4, 6.1, and 6.7-inch sizes in 2020, with more details available in our iPhone 12 roundup.

Related Roundup: iPhone 12
Buyer's Guide: iPhone 12 (Neutral)
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Top Rated Comments

Saturnine Avatar
12 months ago
If Apple launches the iPhone 12 in October/November as expected, I’m surprised it has a knock-on effect on Qualcomm’s quarterly earnings.

I would have expected the component parts to have been purchased months in advance but what do I know about global multi-billion dollar contracts? :)
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quamsi Avatar
12 months ago

if there is a slight delay, that won’t bother me at all. Life moves forward. No need to get anxious or mad about something that isn’t in our control. In the grand scheme of things, getting a new phone 12 is pretty meaningless.
unless you’re like me gimping along on a glitchy, slow, sick-battery device hoping against hopes it survives long enough to get you to the launch.
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JPack Avatar
12 months ago
This confirmation is about as solid as it gets.
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HarryWild Avatar
12 months ago
Want 5.4” iPhone 12 Pro! Not an economy iPhone 12! Errrrrrrrrr!;)
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Apple_Robert Avatar
12 months ago
if there is a slight delay, that won’t bother me at all. Life moves forward. No need to get anxious or mad about something that isn’t in our control. In the grand scheme of things, getting a new phone 12 is pretty meaningless.
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smulji Avatar
12 months ago

Delayed by how many months???
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