There have been a ton of rumors of late all suggesting that Apple will need to delay the launch of its iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro lineup. Now, following Apple’s quarterly results call, we know that will definitely be the case.
Rumors have swirled for weeks that Apple will need to delay the launch of its 2020 iPhones thanks to the impact the coronavirus pandemic has had on its suppliers.
It’s also been unable to follow its usual design and prototyping processes, pushing things further down the calendar. Now, Apple CFO Luca Maestri has confirmed all of that, with the iPhones coming “weeks later” than normal.
Maestri said “as you know, last year we started selling iPhones in late September,” as it has done in multiple years. “This year, we expect supply to be available a few weeks later,” he went on to say.
He was later asked to clarify his comments because, somehow, that wasn’t clear enough. So he essentially said the same thing again.
I said in my remarks that a year ago we launched new iPhone in late September. And I said that this year, the supply of the new product will be a few weeks later than that.
With that in mind, it looks likely that Apple will not even announce the new iPhones until October. We’d wondered whether Apple might make its usual September announcement but hold some handsets back for availability in October. Following Maestri’s comments, it seems Apple will just push everything back. There’s no indication what that means for the usual September release of iOS 14, though.
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