Apple is reconsidering its decision to launch the iPhone 12 with 5G network as it will be delaying for months due to the ongoing pandemic
This was disclosed on a website called Nikkei by sources who have access to Apple’s information.
“Supply chain constraint aside, Apple is concerned that the current situation would significantly lower consumer appetite to upgrade their phones, which could lead to a tame reception of the first 5G iPhone,” said a source with direct knowledge of the discussion. “They need the first 5G iPhone to be a hit.” The report claims.
Apple has reportedly deliberated on the matter with its team on the delay of the device due to what is going on around the world. The company is, however, monitoring the outbreak of the virus in the United States and Europe after which a solid decision will be made.
Apple told its workers earlier this week that it will be extending the work from home policy till April 8, adding that its stores will be opened gradually.
Reports said that the engineering development of the 2020 iPhone lineup has been affected by travel restrictions to the United States, China, and elsewhere.
“We have been notified to start shipping in big volumes to meet Apple’s new product launch by the end of August, instead of like in previous years, when it would be sometime in June,” said a supplier of components related to printed circuit boards. “The change was made very recently, and that could imply that the mass production of the phone could also be delayed for months.” Reports claimed.
Apple’s discussions are said to be in the early stage, and the fall launch is not “completely off the table” yet. In a worst-case scenario, though, the 5G iPhone could be postponed until 2021.