'iPhone 12' likely to ship in the same timeframe that the iPhone X did

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in General Discussion edited June 2020
More sources are claiming that Apple's 2020 iPhones will be pushed back by around a month, because of how COVID-19 has affected engineering testing, and demand.

Renders made from a combination of leaked CAD designs and separately sourced information
Renders made from a combination of leaked CAD designs and allegedly separately sourced information


Following analyst Ming-Chi Kuo's claim that the "iPhone 12" will be delayed by a month, the Wall Street Journal suggests that new sources are confirming the new schedule. Alongside reports that the delay is due to how Apple's regular engineering testing schedule has been disrupted, it's now also said that the iPhones will be released later because of how the coronavirus has affected demand.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple would ordinarily be ramping up production of finalized iPhones starting in July, but that mass-production will be delayed by around a month. It reports that Apple's major iPhone assembler, Foxconn, has halted hiring.

There doesn't appear to be any new corroborating information in the report. Multiple analysts and supply chain sources have been discussing a potential delay for the "iPhone 12" for some time."

Citing unnamed sources, said to be familiar with the changes, the publication also says that Apple is now cutting the number of phones it plans to make in the second half of 2020 by as much as 20%. It's not clear, however, whether that 20% would then be made up in early 2021.

Previously, suppliers have indicated that Apple was pressing ahead with what they believed were unrealistic sales estimates. Those suppliers were reportedly expecting Apple to revise its plans, which it may now have done.

Ming-Chi Kuo's report explained that the "iPhone 12" range should now be in final engineering and verification tests, but that the laboratories that perform these operations are currently closed.

As recently as the start of April 2020, Foxconn claimed that production was on schedule. However, subsequently Apple has reportedly had to stop sending engineers to China. Also, the idea that Apple might choose to delay production because of issues over user demand has previously been reported.

Should the reports be accurate, this also isn't the first time that Apple has shipped a new iPhone later than the normal timeframe. These report suggest that the "iPhone 12" will ship closer to when the iPhone X and iPhone XR did.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 7
    M68000M68000 Posts: 377member
    If it’s only delayed a month that would be the story.  It would be no surprise if it’s more like 2 months
  • Reply 2 of 7
    DAalsethDAalseth Posts: 1,809member
    This is the time of year when the Macsphere is always full of stories about upcoming product releases. They always range from will ship early, to ship on time, to be delayed, to won't ship at all. In reality nobody outside of the top end of Apple has any idea, and, to be honest, it's really too early for them to have hard dates yet either. So it might ship late, it might not. We won't know for sure until somebody on stage says "This is the new iPhone 12 shipping today". Until then everyone's crystal ball is foggy.
    lkrupptmayelijahgdedgeckollamacaladanian
  • Reply 3 of 7
    lkrupplkrupp Posts: 9,628member
    DAalseth said:
    This is the time of year when the Macsphere is always full of stories about upcoming product releases. They always range from will ship early, to ship on time, to be delayed, to won't ship at all. In reality nobody outside of the top end of Apple has any idea, and, to be honest, it's really too early for them to have hard dates yet either. So it might ship late, it might not. We won't know for sure until somebody on stage says "This is the new iPhone 12 shipping today". Until then everyone's crystal ball is foggy.
    But, as AppleInsider management has said on numerous occasions, this is a rumor site. None of us know what’s really going on but we love to pontificate and prognosticate.
  • Reply 4 of 7
    2old4fun2old4fun Posts: 236member
    It can only be “Late” if a date has been announced by Apple and then missed.
    dedgeckoStrangeDays
  • Reply 5 of 7
    I love those renders, here’s hoping the bring the iPad Pro aesthetics to the 2020 iPhone line up, and not just the iPhone pro. Seriously considering upgrading, depending on features. Not sure if I wanna spring extra $$ for the Pro model yet. 
    caladanian
  • Reply 6 of 7
    kupuakupua Posts: 10member
    Look to the past, each year there has always been a fabricated STORY that there will be a delay of some sort from Apple, or its suppliers, or the supply chain.  It's this media whom needs a story for your eyeballs! Some years when demand is supa high, supplies run thin, but they quickly get restocked. Don't be gullible. 
    dedgeckollama
  • Reply 7 of 7
    jcs2305jcs2305 Posts: 1,222member
    kupua said:
    Look to the past, each year there has always been a fabricated STORY that there will be a delay of some sort from Apple, or its suppliers, or the supply chain.  It's this media whom needs a story for your eyeballs! Some years when demand is supa high, supplies run thin, but they quickly get restocked. Don't be gullible. 
    I agree with your statement about past years, but these years didn’t involve a world wide shut down such as this. Someone here already said it, a month would be great, but 2 months seems closer to what it will be. 

    Just my opinion I have no insider info or anything concrete. 
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