For a while now, we've assumed the iPhone 12 would possibly avoid the coronavirus-related delays that have become ubiquitous with major products.
Apple has allegedly held internal discussions on the possibility of delaying the iPhone 12 launch by months, according to three people familiar with the matter, while supply chain sources stressed that practical hurdles could end up pushing back the release. And there's something else worrying Apple execs, too. "They need the first 5G iPhone to be a success". The company reportedly instructed suppliers to plan to make 100 million units for 2020.More news: Canadians who have lost their jobs anxiously awaiting federal help
Will coronavirus delay 5G iPhone?
Most Apple fans are waiting for the arrival of the new iPhone 12 lineup this year, but a new report says that Apple would be considering delaying the launch of its new 5G enabled devices until next year. The company supposedly planned to build more concrete prototypes in collaboration with suppliers starting in early March. This now is in effect and as a outcome most employees at Apple's headquarters are working from home.More news: Virus death toll passes 20,000, three billion under lockdown
"Apple will make a final decision around May at the latest, given the fluid situation globally", one of the sources told the business journal.
Apple's decision isn't just motivated by production difficulties. According to Bloomberg, the iPhone 12 series is still scheduled to launch in September, and we recently saw Foxconn saying that they were well prepared to meet seasonal demand, but, the new 5G iPhone could very well arrive until 2021 in a worst-case scenario. Such an unprecedented delay would signal that Apple believes the economy won't recover as quickly as everyone hopes.More news: COVID-19: Total of 617 cases in BC; 13 deaths