With coronavirus having closed multiple factories around China, there has been a concern that it could have an impact on Apple’s 2020 iPhone lineup. While we don’t know yet whether Apple intends to announce the iPhone 9 next month, DigiTimes states that the iPhone 12 will still be announced in September.
The report also mentions that demand for Apple’s new A14 chip is very high, with orders more than 50% higher than the A13 that is currently used in Apple’s flagship iPhones.
With Apple having stopped sending key engineers to China in order to assist with signing off of new iPhone 12 designs and production plans, there has been some concern that the knock-on effect of that could be that Apple sees its iPhone 12 production schedule impacted. But DigiTimes doesn’t believe that the effect of coronavirus and subsequent factory closures will be enough to cause Apple undue concern. At least, not as far out as September launch.
It’s unknown whether the same could be said about the iPhone 9, though. Rumors in recent months have suggested that a March release schedule is possible. But if Apple’s supply chain hasn’t been able to ramp up production because of the closure of key Foxconn plants, that could yet be in jeopardy.
Or, of course, it might just be that Apple never intended to announce the iPhone 9 in March. In fact, we don’t even know if the iPhone 9 is a thing!
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