Apple's 2020 iPhone Launch Could Be Delayed

The new models have been rumored for a release some time this fall.

Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is seeing problems in the supply chain for certifying the 5G technology in the "iPhone 12" and believes that the mmWave versions will be pushed back because of some antenna design changes.

As things stand at the moment, production of the 5.4-inch and 6.1-inch iPhone 12 models is likely to start in September. Apple usually announces its new iPhones in September but this would lead to a later launch and release date. The iPhone X entered mass production in September for a late October and November availability. That is pretty much in line with the 69% of total iPhone sales that the 2018 models grabbed during the last quarter of 2019 and the 39% share of those sales that belonged to the iPhone XR.

Kuo also states that the recently launched new generation iPhone SE received a pre-order above expectations. The Verge reports that the analyst said back in December that the phone would have a 5.5-inch or 6.1-inch screen and use a Touch ID sensor located inside the power button.

The larger iPhone is still surrounded by mystery since the tech community got something a bit different a few days ago. However, Apple has certainly struck a chord in the smartphone market with the iPhone SE, generating a massive amount of buzz over on our sister site Android Central and across the wider web. The iPhone 11 itself was responsible for 37% of US iPhone sales during the first quarter of this year. There's no reason therefore to believe that the iPhone SE won't be a massive success for Apple. But the iPhone SE did not return in 2017 or 2018, leading to rumors that the company had moved on from the series.

CIRP's new data covers the first quarter of 2020 (January-March) and it says that in the states, the iPhone 11 family accounted for 66% of total iPhone sales in the US during that time period. Reports say the price will remain the same in the U.S. but it will be a bit higher in other markets.

Josh Lowitz, CIRP Partner and Co-Founder noted "iPhone 11 is the dominant model in the lineup".

What do you think about the report? The most recent information collected during the first quarter of this year shows that 28% of iPhone users are keeping their device for three years or longer before moving on to the newest model.

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