Apple is still working to try and ensure that there are no iPhone launch delays this year, according to a Wall Street Journal report. Apple had been said to be mulling over the idea of postponing the iPhone 12 launch this September due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
It’s thought that Apple is struggling on a number of fronts, not least the fact that the production process has been hampered by the prevention of travel to Foxconn’s factories in China.
Other parts, ordered from other companies, would normally have been ordered by now and it’s this that might see delays.
Apple’s new flagship models are usually unveiled in September, so the 5G phones are months away. However, the company’s operations team typically places orders in March and April for camera modules and other components for iPhone assembly in summer months, former employees said.
Apple is also thought to be concerned that iPhone demand might be impaired by coronavirus. Not only are Apple Stores and other retail outlets closed in an attempt to slow the spread of the virus, but the global economy as a whole isn’t as vibrant as it once was. With people finding they no longer have jobs due to retail and hospitality closures, will people really want to spend big on a new phone in September?
These are all things Apple is weighing up, but the WSJ seems to be of the belief that Apple intends to go ahead as planned, making September a month to look forward to at a time where there isn’t a lot of that going around.
(Source: WSJ, Top image: iPhone 12 renders in Navy Blue)
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