In 2020, leaks about the new features Apple will bring into the iPhone 12 and even its price seem overshadowed by doubts about the date of its launch. Although fall is considered the tentative season, no source has been able to coincide with the exact month in which it will occur. And for now, the coronavirus remains the main obstacle for those in Cupertino.
China’s recovery from the COVID-19 outbreak and, with it, the return to normal in iPhone production factories seemed like good news for Apple. However, travel restrictions to other countries where the virus subsequently spread have change the logistics process which is traditionally handled during its manufacture.
How long will the iPhone 12 lag behind previous editions?
At the start of the pandemic in China, the iPhone was still in the early stages of development and the delay in normalizing the situation meant mass production was delayed until May, according to a report from Digitimes.
Meanwhile, analyst Jeff Pu of Chinese research firm GF Securities, which predicted the iPhone SE would launch in April, said in the same note that The 6.7-inch iPhone 12 will go on sale in October due to a delay in the development phase of the “Technical Verification Test”.
In addition, Pu believes that Apple to launch iPhone launch with 5.4-inch models and two 6.1-inch models which goes on sale in September, followed by the 6.7-inch iPhone 12 in October. If true, this strategy will replicate the stock Apple used in 2018, when it started selling the iPhone 8 in September, then launched the iPhone X in October.
The Nikkei outlet is concerned that the difficulties Apple engineers have in visiting China and providing advice during critical engineering and testing phases will strain build new iPhones without the Apple guide.
Earlier, CEO of iPhone supplier Pegatron, SJ Liao, told Digitimes that the company was having issues with a US customer who couldn’t visit factories to oversee manufacturing. Although he did not mention Apple in his statement, it is assumed to be the company
After the situation he faced in the first months of the year with the start of the pandemic in China, Apple successfully continued the production process of its iPhone 12 line for publication in the fall of this year. Although some speak of October instead of September, this is not the first time that an iPhone has arrived with a slight delay, which is why, in the midst of so many obstacles, having the device ready is already. a big step forward for the company.