Apple is preparing to delay the launch of the 2020 iPhones, which are expected to feature 5G technology. This comes from sources who are aware of Apple’s plans that have spoken to the Japanese news site Nikkei.
Apple has reportedly had internal discussions about the possibility of delaying the launch “by months” because of fears of how well iPhones would sell in the current situation, and supply chain sources also believe that “practical hurdles” are the launch date that was scheduled for September.
“Aside from supply chain constraints, Apple is concerned that the current situation would significantly reduce consumers’ appetite for upgrading their phones, which could result in tame reception of the first 5G iPhone,” said a source with direct knowledge of the Discussion. “You need the first” 5G iPhone “to be a hit.”
Apple monitors the outbreaks in the U.S. and Europe and is investigating whether a delay may be necessary. A final decision could be made in May at the latest, with Apple possibly waiting to set the start schedule until its employees stop working from home.
Apple told employees this week that global work from home orders to April 8 should be extended. The opening of the shops is slated to begin again in mid-April. MacRumors This morning, one source heard that U.S. stores are not among the first to open.
Nikkei According to the statement, the technical development of the 2020 iPhone product line was influenced by travel restrictions in the USA, China and elsewhere. Apple was supposed to work with suppliers to develop a “more concrete prototype” for the new iPhones in early March, but had to postpone the collaboration until the end of the month before it was postponed again. Suppliers believe that given the fact that Apple is in the engineering process, the possibility of a delay “threatens”.
However, some suppliers have been instructed to postpone their mass production plans by about two to three months.
“We were notified that we should begin shipping in bulk to achieve Apple’s new launch by the end of August, rather than as in previous years when it would be sometime in June,” said a PCB component supplier . “The change was made recently, and that could mean that the mass production of the phone could be delayed for months.”
At this point, suppliers had not yet been informed of a possible change in the production schedule, and Apple is asking many of them to make up for the loss of time caused by the recent disruptions. “We are not giving up yet,” said one of the sources that was spoken to Nikkei. “We are doing everything we can to solve the problem.”
Apple’s discussions are said to be at an early stage, and the fall launch is not “off the table” yet. In the worst case, the “5G iPhone” could be postponed to 2021.
A current report from Bloomberg suggested that the iPhone 12 models are still on their way to an autumn launch, despite disruptions in the Apple supply chain, and Foxconn announced this week that there are now enough employees to meet “seasonal demand”.
Rumor has it that Apple is working on four new “iPhone” models for 2020, which will be available at different prices. All models are expected to feature 5G capabilities and A14 chips, and high-end models are expected to be equipped with new 3D camera systems such as the LiDAR scanner in new iPad Pro models.