The rumors of a new iPhone 12 facing delays later this year have been swirling quite a bit of late. So much so that you have to wonder whether there’s too much smoke to not be any fire here.

The Wall Street Journal is the latest to lend some weight to the rumors, saying that the iPhone 12 has already seen mass production delayed by as much as a month.

The same report also says that Apple is cutting its iPhone orders by as much as 20% for the end of this year, with orders instead being pushed into 2021.

The reason for this is all pretty obvious – coronavirus has hampered the usual release process that an iPhone would go through. Apple engineers haven’t been able to travel to China in recent weeks because of travel bans, preventing them from signing off on recent prototype builds. There are no doubt other processes and timescales that have been impacted due to the lack of meetings and travel of late.

Apple normally announces new iPhones in the middle of September, shipping a week later. That now looks like it’s unlikely with an October or November release in the cards.

Apple has followed that pattern before – both iPhone XR and iPhone X shipped outside the usual September window. We’ll surely hear more about when to expect the iPhone 12 lineup as the days, weeks, and months roll on.

(Top image: iPhone 12 concept)

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