The Wall Street Journal reports today that Apple:
is pushing back the production ramp-up of its flagship iPhones coming later this year by about a month, according to people familiar with the changes, as the coronavirus pandemic weakens global consumer demand and disrupts manufacturing across Asia, the heart of the consumer electronics supply chain.
The report still states what we already knew what we learned before, that Apple plans to release 4 brand new models, only some with 5G capabilities. WSJ reports that Apple executives are concerned about the global pandemic and how it will affect user demand, and their ability to purchase high-end devices.
Apple declined to comment on the story, but WSJ still expects a “fall time” launch without specifying a date. The report that Apple supplier Foxconn has also “halted hiring at its main iPhone plant” in recent weeks per sources on the supply chain. Foxconn also declined to comment.
Mutliple other leaks have also reported the same, Apple leaker Jon Prosser saying in a tweet on March 23rd that the iPhone 12 will face delay, with Apple analsyst Ming-Chi Kuo reporting similar information almost a week ago in a note to investors.
It is worth noting speculation of an iPhone 12 delay has been going around since February, with investors being concerned about the companies future handset lineup. Such doubt was further amplified when Apple said it wouldn’t meet its Q1 of 2020 revenue expectations due to COVID19.
Impacting the iPhone 12 production directly has been travel restriction in and out of China, the origin of the COVID19 outbreak. Apple designers and engineers have been unable to travel to supply chains directly to approve the design and production approach.