Apple has confirmed the highly-anticipated iPhone 12 will be delayed following the impact of the global coronavirus pandemic that severely affected production.
Apple CFO Luis Maestri said the iPhone will launch a little later this year.
“Last year we started selling new iPhones in late September, this year we expect supply to be available a few weeks later,” Maestri said in an earnings call to investors.
While Maestri didn’t elaborate, he confirmed the rumours that had been circulating for months that Apple would delay the release of its next iPhone.
Apple has not revealed how severely its production was affected after its factories in China were forced to close down at the height of the crisis back in February and March.
The numerous companies that also contribute components in the vast supply chain were also closed down during the pandemic.
The result was a delay to the iPhone production which needs to ramps up months in advance to manufacture the millions of units needed to fulfil orders shortly after launch.
Broadcom Inc, a chip manufacturer for Apple, admitted earlier this year that a “large North American mobile phone customer” that the new iPhone would be released later than usual.
Apple will still have it usual September launch event for the iPhone 12 – a virtual event given what’s going on right now – with a likely on-sale date in mid to late October.
Normally Apple would release the iPhone less than two weeks after
The iPhone 12 will also be Apple’s first 5G device – making them last of the major manufacturers to offer 5G connectivity.
Rival companies like Samsung and Huawei released 5G devices more than a year and a half ago.
There have been numerous leaks about the iPhone 12 and we can pretty much confirm there will be three models – 5.4-inch, 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch versions.
The iPhone 12 will also have a refreshed design with a less curved design and flatter edges and a new-look on-screen notch.