Apple considering delaying iPhone 12 launch ‘by months’, claims report

IPhone makers suspend India production due to lockdown - The Jakarta Post

The past few iPhones have been relatively quiet launches by Apple's standards: the iPhone X in 2017 was a cool new design, but the iPhone XS and iPhone 11 Pro in 2018 and 2019 respectively could fairly be called minor iterations on that product. Originally, the Cupertino company was speculated to retain its schedule of launching its new iPhone devices in September. This delay could last for months without any concrete timelines, a report by Nikkei Asian Review has claimed. The iPhone 12 in 2020 was supposed to be a blockbuster, and its inclusion of 5G was a big part of that.

Apple has apparently held internal discussions on the possibility of delaying the launch by months. Plus, 5G networks now operate only in limited areas of major cities. Amid the pandemic, consumers will barely be convinced to upgrade their phones, which will eventually hamper the sales of the iPhone 12. "They need the first 5G iPhone to be a hit".

The iPhone 12 range will technically have four new phones: A 5.4-inch iPhone, two 6.1-inch models, and a new 6.7-inch model.

United States and Europe are two of their largest markets who account for more than half of its sales and Apple is monitoring the outbreaks in these regions. A final decision could be made around May at the latest, with Apple perhaps hoping to finalize the timeline for launch until work from home is lifted for its employees. It could only be decided after the order by the Californian government is lifted in the state, which exclusively depends on the level of intensity of coronavirus spread.

As Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a 21-day lockdown in India due to coronavirus pandemic, several companies had to suspend or limit their services, whereas some had to close their production facilities, and Apple is one of them. iPhone suppliers Wistron and Foxconn have suspended their production in India.

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