A new report by the notoriously unreliable DigiTimes has Apple’s supply chain partners getting ready to ramp up their production of the unannounced iPhone 9. We’ve been hearing rumors of that phone’s impending arrival for months, but the smart money now appears to be on a March release window.
While there is good news on the iPhone 9 front, things aren’t looking quite so promising when it comes to the iPhone 12. According to the report, Apple is no longer providing engineers the opportunity to travel to China, which in turn is hampering the Engineering Validation Test process. As a result, that EVT process could prevent the iPhone 12 from going into production when it should.
This all has the potential to have a knock-on impact on the iPhone 12 release in September, and it’s all thanks to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. That situation changes daily, however, so it’s impossible to know for sure whether any of this will have the impact that DigiTimes suggests. We’ll learn more in the coming days and weeks, but Apple will want to ensure all of the stops are pulled out before the chance of a delayed iPhone becomes too great.
If rumors are accurate, the next iPhone to be announced will be the iPhone 9. The replacement for the fondly remembered iPhone SE is expected to closely resemble the outgoing iPhone 8, but with the powerful A13 Bionic processor inside.
Pricing appears to be on course for the magical $399 point, too.
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