Apple’s 2020 flagship phone, presumably the iPhone 12, has had production delayed by about a month due to the coronavirus outbreak’s impact on manufacturing and consumer demand, according to The Wall Street Journal (opens in new tab).
While this doesn’t necessarily mean a delay in the iPhone 12 release date, it’s plausible that the coronavirus outbreak’s impact on device production in Asia would lead to a later launch. A prior leak suggested delays simply due to interrupted approval processes. Even Foxconn, the company that produces iPhones, admitted in March that the release could be delayed due to reduced production at its facilities.
But Apple is also reportedly delaying production due to global consumer demand – which presumably means fewer phones are being sold as millions lose their jobs and handset sales have taken a commensurate hit. Apple had already been concerned about this issue, according to a March report. If so, this could mean the tech giant is shifting production of its iPhone 12 models to meet that limited demand.
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Four iPhone 12 models – and the iPhone SE 2020
Given leaks have suggested four iPhone 12 models are coming later in 2020, including a 5G phone, Apple could even be delaying production to give its newly-released iPhone SE 2020 more time to sell units as the newest iPhone on the block.
And in truth, the iPhone SE 2020 seems far more suited to the current moment: at $399 / £419 / AU$749 / Rs 42,500, it’s a lot more affordable than a flagship, especially for consumers whose paychecks have been impacted by the outbreak. With the larger yet still likely affordable iPhone SE Plus delayed, too, we could see the entire Apple lineup staggered farther down 2020 than was originally expected.
In any case, we could get a hint at what's coming at Apple's online-only WWDC 2020, which will likely happen in June.
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