Friday, 03 July, 2020

Apple considering delaying iPhone 12 launch ‘by months’, claims report

IPhone makers suspend India production due to lockdown - The Jakarta Post Apple Shuts Production of iPhone in India Due to Coronavirus Lockdown
Cecil Davis | 26 March, 2020, 15:21

The coronavirus pandemic has made on-ground activities worse globally.

As Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a 21-day lockdown in India due to coronavirus pandemic, several companies had to suspend or limit their services, whereas some had to close their production facilities, and Apple is one of them. iPhone suppliers Wistron and Foxconn have suspended their production in India.

Issues with the supply chain also could push back the phone's release.

The biggest question hanging over the iPhone 12 range right now is when it will actually launch.

The company has held internal discussions on a possible delay of "months", Nikkei says, citing the three people.

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It was hoped that the inclusion of 5G as a new feature would excite customers after a stagnation in sales. The iPhone 12 is a crucial model because it will catapult Apple to the 5G club that is already occupied by brands such as Samsung, LG, Sony, Realme, Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo, and others. "They need the first ‌5G iPhone‌ to be a success".

The final decision in the matter would be taken at the latest by May, according to the Nikkei sources.

Apple could delay the launch of iPhone 12. The first is practicality: Apple's production schedule for the iPhone 12 has been suffering since the early days of the outbreak, since so much of the company's production takes place in Asia; later, when COVID spread to Europe and the United States, it forced Apple employees to work from home and in at least one case close down an office for deep cleaning.

Nikkei say Apple will make their decision in May, and given the usual September launch window of the iPhone, if Apple were to delay the launch by months we could be looking at an early 2021 launch for the next-generation devices.

Apple's main assembly partner, Foxconn, has been manufacturing iPhone X models in the county since a year ago.