The impact created by the COVID-19 coronavirus has not only caused massive event cancellations these months: Delays in product launches are also being frequent, and Apple’s iPhone 12 could be one of those affected according to close sources in the company.
This is indicated in the Nikkei Asian Review and also JPMorgan analysts on CNBC, for example. According to them, the iPhone 12 with 5G could be delayed for several months due to the effects of the pandemic on the entire process of development and production of these phones.
It wouldn’t be weird to see a release a month or two behind schedule, At Apple, they already made the decision weeks ago not to hold a face-to-face WWDC: instead, they will broadcast their conference for developers and especially important events where the great news of their software platforms are announced, and among them, of course, iOS.
Sources close to the company reported that “apart from supply chain problems, Apple is concerned that the current situation could significantly reduce appetite for buying new iPhone 12, which could lead to a lukewarm reception of the first iPhone 5G.”
The First iPhone 5G to be a Successful
That source also indicated that Apple ” needs the first iPhone 5 G to be a success “, and that could provoke the decision to delay the launch of these models. Apparently, in Cupertino they are calibrating and monitoring the situation in Europe and the United States, two of their major markets, to make the decision.
The decision is expected to be made “in May at the latest,” they said in Nikkei. iPhone 12 development itself is being affected, and routine testing of devices that require Apple engineers to move to manufacture plants has also been delayed, for example.
Providers, of course, have not received news of a potential postponement according to Apple, and “discussions are ongoing, and the traditional launch in the fall is not completely ruled out “
In JPMorgan, they assure that this launch could be delayed, but never more than two months. Apple presents its iPhones in September or October every year since 2011, and those launches are critical to the company’s revenue.